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Feingold touts populist record, blasts Johnson's support of Trump

EAU CLAIRE -- Russ Feingold’s latest TV ad bemoans a “rigged system.” But don’t tell the Middleton Dem that his rhetoric sounds a bit like Donald Trump's.

“I was using the term 'rigged system' before Donald Trump knew where the polling place was in his area,” Feingold told reporters during a brief visit to Eau Claire to encourage get-out-the-vote volunteers. “I've been fighting the rigged system for a long time successfully with the McCain-Feingold bill and others. It is rigged -- the idea that you can have unlimited campaign contributions that can be hidden.” 

Feingold noted that Johnson's allies have spent millions on the race. 

“(Johnson) loves this system,” he said. “Donald can say it all he wants, but we were on the case long before.”

Feingold, who is trying to regain the Senate seat he lost in 2010, rallied volunteers at a private home within sight of the UW-Eau Claire campus, where College Democrats were gathered before beginning a canvas of nearby college-student heavy neighborhoods.

Feingold said he's received “amazing, consistent support” from Eau Claire-area voters, and Democrats are counting on similar results Tuesday in the college town, which in recent cycles has landed in the Dem's column.

“We are at the absolute moment where you guys should feel like you have victory here just within your grasp,” Feingold told supporters, although he encouraged them to “work like you think we're a couple points behind.” 

Feingold and Johnson were neck-and-neck in a Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday.

Feingold contended that the Republican incumbent hasn't represented middle- and lower-income Wisconsin families in Washington. 

“Sen. Johnson votes almost exclusively with the big corporations, big business, multimillionaires and billionaires, you name the issue,” Feingold said. “If it's your family's point of view, the consumer's point of view against an insurance company, he'll go with the big insurance company.”

And, on a day when Johnson stumped with Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, in Mukwonago, Feingold blasted the Republican senator for standing by his party's controversial nominee.

“Sen. Johnson should have done what other Republican senators who are running have done, which is separated himself from Donald Trump, and he hasn't done that, and that's irresponsible,” Feingold said. “It's dangerous to elect Donald Trump. (Johnson) knows that. I guarantee you one thing: Ron Johnson wouldn't hire Donald Trump to work in his plastics factory, he wouldn't let him run loose in there. And yet he's willing to make him president of the United States.”

-- By Tom Giffey


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