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Walker, Johnson avoid mention of Trump in Fall Fest speeches

Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson both avoided mentioning Donald Trump in their speeches before the GOP's Fall Fest in Elkhorn today.

Both yesterday condemned recently released sexually explicit comments the GOP nominee made in 2005, but have not yet said whether they will still support his candidacy.

Walker contrasted Johnson and Russ Feingold's records, noting that in 2010, Wisconsinites "fired" Feingold for being the "deciding vote for Obamacare," among other reasons.

Walker said every vote will count in the election and urged attendees to talk with friends, neighbors and coworkers to get them to vote for Johnson in November.

Walker also highlighted a number of changes his administration made, particularly in reducing unemployment and boosting labor force participation.

He also touted the state GOP passing a measure requiring able-bodied childless adults to look for work to receive public benefits and drug testing for benefit recipients

He also highlighted efforts to reduce taxes and regulation.

In his speech, Johnson offered a sharp critique of Feingold over his support for tax increases while in the Senate and for backing Obamacare.

He said the Affordable Care Act led to "skyrocketing premiums" and for people to lose their health care and preferred doctors.

"There's a tremendous difference between the parties" Johnson said.

While he did not mention Trump, Johnson told the crowd "we have to make sure Wisconsin's 10 electoral seats do not go to Hillary Clinton."

Feingold spokesman Michael Tyler slammed Johnson for refusing to revoke his support for Trump.

"Instead of standing up to Donald Trump's disgusting, violent comments toward women, Sen. Johnson once again puts party loyalty ahead of the people of Wisconsin," Tyler said.

- By David Wise


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