U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson called on supporters to put in “maximum effort” to help the GOP ticket win on Tuesday during a rally in Waukesha today.
Johnson said winning what he said would be a “razor thin” election will depend on individual efforts to bring friends and neighbors to the polls.
“We not only need a really good turnout here in Waukesha," Johnson said. "We need a record turnout."
The Oshkosh Republican described Wisconsin as a firewall and that it must deliver its ten electoral votes to GOP nominee Donald Trump.
During the stop, which marked the end of Johnson’s bus tour, the Oshkosh Republican also took a few shots at his Democratic rival, Russ Feingold. He described the former senator as an out-of-touch elitist and career politician while criticizing Feingold’s campaign strategy.
"If you've ever wondered why more good people don't run for office, look no further than Sen. Feingold's false and relentlessly negative campaign against me," Johnson said.
He said Feingold has "very little good to show" for his time in office.
"So all he can resort to is lies, distortion, class warfare, and there's a fair amount of corruption in this election as well," Johnson said.
Joining Johnson at the event at the Waukesha County GOP headquarters was House Speaker Paul Ryan, Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Brad Courtney.
Ryan stressed the need for unity in order for Republicans to maintain control of Congress and to get Trump into the White House. He noted that two weeks ago, he cast his ballot for Trump.
“We need to come home,” Ryan said. “We need to unify, and we need to go vote.”
Ryan said the GOP has a plan to fix the country’s problems, but it will take winning tomorrow’s election and having a unified Republican government to enact the reforms.
Ryan, who has often been critical of Trump, praised his call for a special session to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"When Donald Trump says he wants to have a special session to repeal and replace Obamacare, let me tell you something, as Speaker of the House, not only yes, but heck yes," Ryan said. "We're ready, we're willing, and we have a plan to do it, too."
Walker knocked Feingold, saying that with his 18 years in the Senate he delivered “worse than nothing” as the deciding vote for Obamacare.
Walker praised Johnson as a workhorse in the Senate. He noted Johnson was down in the polls earlier in the race because people didn’t know him because he went to Washington “and quietly did his job.”
“With Ron Johnson, you get someone who shows that actions speak louder than words,” Walker said.