Ryan campaigns for Johnson; dodges question about impeaching Clinton


MOSINEE, Wis. (WBAY) – We’re just days from the election, and not only is the presidential race running close but the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin is in a dead heat.

While Republican Senator Ron Johnson is trying to retain his seat, Democrat Russ Feingold, who Johnson defeated six years ago, wants to his the seat back.

Friday Johnson campaigned with the highest-ranking Republican in Washington, criss-crossing the state on his “Ron on the Road” bus tour.

“Tuesday we’re all going to out out and vote. Wednesday we’re going to call this man our newly re-elected United States senator, Ron Johnson,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) said.

Speaking outside Crystal Finishing Systems in Mosinee, Johnson touted his experience in building a manufacturing business, something he says makes him good for Wisconsin.

“We provided hundreds of jobs for Wisconsinites — good, middle income, career-type jobs. That’s exactly the kind of thing Senator Feingold denigrates and criticizes,” Johnson said.

Both men used this rally to take shots at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and why they believe she along with Feingold need to be defeated on Tuesday.

Ryan dispelled rumors he no longer wants to be House speaker, telling reporters he, along with Sen. Johnson and other Republicans, still have a lot to accomplish in Washington.

“We as Republicans are unifying. You know why we’re unifying? Because we have to get this country back on track. And a Hillary Clinton scandal-clad presidency is not going to get this country back on track. A Democrat Senate and Democrat House is not going to get this country back on track,” Ryan said.

Following his visit here in Mosinee, both Sen. Johnson and Ryan were heading to local campaign offices before ending the day with a rally in La Crosse.

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12:45 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is dodging a question about whether he thinks Hillary Clinton, should she be elected president, ought to be impeached over setting up a private email server as secretary of state.

Ryan said Friday, “I’ve got a better idea. Let’s make sure she’s not elected in the first place.”

Ryan was campaigning with Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in central Wisconsin. Johnson earlier this week in an interview with the Beloit Daily News said Clinton could face impeachment because setting up the server broke the law.

But Johnson says he didn’t raise the issue, he was just responding to a question.

He says, “It’s a very, very bad idea to vote for Secretary Clinton and have her become president when those are the exact issues the press is going to bringing up. It’s a really bad idea.”


12:40 p.m.

Speaker Paul Ryan says he is going to seek re-election to the top job if Republicans maintain control of the House as expected.

Ryan was asked following a campaign stop Friday with Sen. Ron Johnson about a report in The Hill newspaper that he was no longer interested in being speaker.

Ryan says, “Nope. Not true. Don’t believe everything you read. I am interested in staying on as speaker.”

Ryan says he wants to keep his job to push the GOP agenda he’s been highlighting heading into Tuesday’s election.

He also denies there are any divisions among Republicans. He voted for Donald Trump but had told Republicans he wouldn’t actually work to help the GOP nominee win.


12:30 p.m.

Sen. Ron Johnson is urging Republicans to vote for him in Wisconsin’s tight Senate race to avoid a recount like Minnesota had in 2008.

Johnson campaigned Friday in central Wisconsin along with House Speaker Paul Ryan. He is referring to the race between then-Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken. The 2008 Coleman-Franken race wasn’t decided until after a bitter recount that lasted into June, and was ultimately decided by a mere 312 votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast.

Johnson says, “We can’t let that happen in Wisconsin.”

A Marquette University Law School poll released this week showed Johnson’s race with Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold to be about even.

Feingold was campaigning Friday in Madison with Vice President Joe Biden.


10:50 a.m.

The power has gone out inside a central Wisconsin manufacturing facility 45 minutes before House Speaker Paul Ryan was to campaign with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Ryan and Johnson were to hold a rally Friday on the floor of Crystal Finishing Systems in Mosinee, about 130 miles north of Madison. About 45 minutes before the rally was to start, as the campaign was playing music over a loudspeaker system, the lights flickered but remained on. About five minutes later the large manufacturing floor went completely dark.

Johnson’s campaign bus is parked inside the facility to be used as a backdrop for the event. This was to be the first stop Ryan was making on the bus tour that goes up to Election Day.

10:43 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan are campaigning in Wisconsin in the waning days of the election.

Biden was holding a rally for Hillary Clinton in Madison Friday morning at about the same time that Ryan was 130 miles north campaigning for Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. He’s Democratic opponent Russ Feingold was to join Biden at the Madison event.

Money and big names have poured into Wisconsin this week as polls show the Senate race tightening to about even. Donald Trump was coming to West Allis on Sunday and his running mate Mike Pence was to join Ryan and Johnson for a rally Saturday in Mukwonago.

The Marquette University Law School poll this week showed Clinton with a 6-point lead over Trump in Wisconsin.

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