September 28th, 2010
04:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Ron Johnson: I am not a lawyer

(CNN) - Wisconsin Republican Senate nominee Ron Johnson is drawing a sharp contrast between himself and his Democratic opponent - one's a lawyer and one isn't.

"There are 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Fifty-seven of them, including Russ Feingold, are lawyers," Johnson says in a new television ad. "That'd be fine if we had a lawsuit to settle. But we have an economy to fix."

In the 30-second spot, Johnson casts himself as a political outsider with the experience to get things done, and Feingold as a Washington insider who lacks the skills needed to fix the country's fiscal problems. It's the type of message being aired across the country in the lead-up to November's midterm elections.

The commercial is currently running statewide and shows Johnson standing in front of a white board as he touts his experience as an accountant and manufacturer.

A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released September 22 showed Johnson with a 51 to 45 point advantage over Feingold.

Filed under: 2010 • Ron Johnson • Russ Feingold • Wisconsin
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Feingold will win. CNN when you poll, you poll only folks with landlines, you are missing a whole demographic!

    America: What have the Republicans done for America lately? Be specific.

    September 28, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. stevegee

    That's the problem with Washington: too many liberal lawyers, and not enough common sense patriots. On November 2nd, that's going to change big time ... vote conservative, vote Republican.

    September 28, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. terry, va

    Johnson is right. We need business people in Congress, not more lawyers. The only people that need lawyers are thieves and murders. They sure don't know how to fix this country's economic mess. From Obummie on down they are clueless.

    September 28, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Ben in Texas

    Actually, Feingold is one of the few who really does get things done in Washington. JHe should be disqualified because he's a lawyer?

    Mr. Johnson, Senators and Congressmen make LAWS! Doesn't that sound like something a LAWyer might do? Wouldn't you want someone who know something about the law to be making the laws? Maybe you'd like to get an auto mechanic to make your sausage next time? How about a plumber to do medical research instead of a doctor?

    What's this Johnson guy on, anyway?

    September 28, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Johnson is a Tea Bagging fool.

    September 28, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. Rachel

    He might be getting my vote on Nov. 2 here in WI.

    September 28, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    More about what Ron Johnson's not. I don't vote for "not," especially when Feingold gives me so much to vote "for" - education, experience and integrity. I can understand why Ron "Oh, now I'm an accountant today" Johnson would want to avoid the comparison.

    Accountants are a dime a dozen. You can hire an accountant. You can't hire a politician who will stand up for civil rights or against an unconstitutional war, you can only vote for him to represent you in the U.S. Senate.

    September 28, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Dan J

    What? A tasteful political ad? I wish all politics was like this. Simple, tasteful, and effective ad.

    September 28, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  9. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Johnson could do to Wisconsin and America, what DeMint has done. Say 'no' to multimillionaires.

    September 28, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Loque

    Lawyers are some of the most educated in the country.

    Why WOULDN'T we want them leading things? Mr. Mechanic or Mr. Plumber, while they may have extensive technical knowledge, aren't going to be of any use.

    Why is being educated such a detriment this election cycle? Do we want idiots in charge?

    September 28, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "That'd be fine if we had a lawsuit to settle. But we have an economy to fix."

    LOL!!!! ...and a CONSTITUTION to adhere to, and LAWS / LEGISLATION to write, and complicated procedural rules to follow etc.....

    That people buy this overly soft conservative horsesh-t is completely beyond me.

    September 28, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. REG in AZ

    Plain and simple, the truth is that the Republicans won’t ever solve the problems. There are those of us who would really like that to be different but the reality is that their ever solving, not just giving lip service and a lot of subterfuge to disguise and then rationalize, is impossible. Their focused and disciplined commitment is to their personal and political ambitions at any cost, which totally occupies them with being ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few who they feel support and enable them and who literally ‘pull their strings’. Their actions for the last ten years totally substantiate that and leave no doubt; they clearly demonstrated their unity in supporting all Bush-Cheney did in placating and patronizing Special Interests and the select few while giving the people only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge, and since, in again being irresponsible and arrogant in withholding any cooperation and instead faulting and obstructing everything to ultimately be serving only Special Interests and the few. They are tied into and dependent on those who ‘pull their strings’ and who ‘call the shots’ and who even pick the candidates (by their ‘puppet’ qualities instead of by their qualifications). The Republican Party has been totally consistent and the resulting frustrating futility and the significant cost for the average American has been totally obvious to anyone who can just avoid being swayed, manipulated and conned.

    There are those who claim to be ultra-conservatives and who greatly benefit from putting their substantial power, influence and money into controlling the Republicans’, both Tea Party and regular. The resources they make available, both overt and covert, and the commitment they demand really make it impossible for the Republicans to deviate. The creative subterfuge and the organized, sponsored and extensive efforts they undertake to sway, manipulate and con public opinion are impressively offensive. John Dean (a self-proclaimed Goldwater conservative and past member of Nixon’s staff), in his book “Broken Government”, recognized the extent of the cancer when he said that the Republicans “with their current mentality were simply incapable of responsibly governing”. All we have to do is look at recent history to see where the majority, including the total middle-class, consistently looses ground as only the very wealthy gain under Republican control. It is a shame but unless we recognize reality and actually become offended by the insult of the constant deception and of being taken for granted and then totally reject them, we could be returned to ‘more of the same’ which just favors the few and caused all of the problems. That is what everything they say/do is attempting to accomplish, whether Tea Party or regular, a return to ‘more of the same’, where once more there would be the subterfuge to maintain the status all over again.

    September 28, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Why is being educated such a detriment this election cycle? Do we want idiots in charge?"

    A. The GOPers recognize that they've got nothing but demagoguery and anger to run on, which generally only appeals to imbeciles, so they are seeking to demonize educated people, who they are generally running against, in order to further widen the gap of alienation between their target audience and their opponents.

    B. The GOPers generally are imbeciles themselves and they recognize this (which is why they are able to strategize as set forth in A above), they want idiots (i.e., themselves) running the country.

    September 28, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    And when he was asked "what can brown do for you" (i.e., his ripoff of the UPS commercials), he slipped and said "he can stop demanding equal rights or a path to citizenship."

    September 28, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Hugo

    LaCrosse Mom-
    Republicans have done everything within their power to prevent Obama from expanding and spending us into oblivion. Republicans adamantly opposed the monstrosity of a thing called healthcare reform that is now being given the attention to detail that it should have had in the Legislature proving to be a huge increase in costs and a huge reduction in benefits to the American people. Republicans have repeatedly opposed Nancy Pelosi's bills that are laden with superfulous BS that give the Federal Government unlimited power over various aspects of the Free market place as well as individual freedoms and liberties. Republicans have repeatedly called for closing our borders and deportation of illegals in accordance to guess what, Federal law. I realize that you will continue to be a slobbering liberal no matter what is said here however as it now stands America has had a taste of what Obama's left is trying to sell and guess what, they don't like it.

    September 28, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Mom of 3

    Lawyers are educated regarding LAWS, REGULATIONS, and the CONSTITUION. A HUGE part of the job of Senator is to wrtie and interpret legislation (to become laws or regulations) in accordance with the Constitution. A lawyer is highly qualified to do the job. Of course, the GOP/Tea Party and their followers don't care if a person is educated or qualified - that is extremely clear. Their candidates are extremist loonies who are anti-intellectual and whose plans would take our country backward.

    September 28, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Bobby Ray

    Johnson has also claimed in ads that Feingold can't create jobs because Senators don't create jobs, business people create jobs. He then goes on to say if elected to the Senate, he will create jobs. Can't stay on point for 30 seconds. More of the "lower taxes and ban healthcare" from this member of the G-NO-P

    September 28, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    "There are 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Fifty-seven of them, including Russ Feingold, are lawyers," Johnson says in a new television ad. "That'd be fine if we had a lawsuit to settle. But we have an economy to fix."

    Okay – so you're not a LAWYER, but are you an ECONOMIST??? My point exactly!! All you need is SENSE and right now, you're not making it!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – I approve this message!!

    September 28, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |