Ron Johnson, A Privatizer, Likely To Upset Feingold In Wisconsin Senate Election

Who Runs Gov reports on Ron Johnson: A political neophyte who refers to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” as his “foundational book,” Johnson entered the political world by speaking at an October 2010 tea party event.Will, George F., “Instead of shrugging, Ron Johnson is running for officeThe Washington Post, May 27, 2010(1)Will, George F., “Instead of shrugging, Ron Johnson is running for officeThe Washington Post, May 27, 2010 Though his political views keep him from being identified as a true tea party candidate, he remains a classic conservative on most issues. For Johnson, the 2010 health-care reform bill, or the “greatest assault on our freedom in my lifetime,” served as the impetus to enter the 2010 race to unseat Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.).Schultze, Steve, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson says, Aug. 16, 2010 (2)Schultze, Steve, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson says, Aug. 16, 2010

Founder of a plastics-company manufacturer, Johnson benefitted when the expected GOP standard-bearer dropped out of the contest. He then started blasting Feingold as a big-spending liberal who was out of touch with Wisconsin voters, dumping $4.4 million of his personal fortune into the race along the way.Walker, Don and Herzog, Karen, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson handily wins, will take on Feingold, Sept. 14, 2010(3) Walker, Don and Herzog, Karen, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson handily wins, will take on Feingold, Sept. 14, 2010

Johnson’s fiscal conservative rhetoric is in some cases unique. His campaign was based on making Washington smaller while supporting budget-reform measures such as a balanced-budget amendments and spending limits. At the same time, he has been harsh on Social Security, which he called a “Ponzi scheme,” despite his opposition to forcing its privatization.Walker, Don, “Feingold, Johnson clash on spending, reducing debtMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 22, 2010  (4)Walker, Don, “Feingold, Johnson clash on spending, reducing debtMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 22, 2010   He also made waves with his views on climate change, attributing global warming to sunspots and not human activity.Schultz, Steve, “Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson saysMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 16, 2010(5)Schultz, Steve, “Sunspots are behind climate change, Johnson saysMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 16, 2010

In His Own Words: “I spent 31 years building a business, and now we see politicians spending without constraint, really pushing the United States of America to the brink of bankruptcy. We in the private sector, with some business experience, have a responsibility to step up to the plate and offer some alternatives.”Nordlinger, Jay, “A Clash of Opposites” National Review, Aug. 16, 2010(6)Nordlinger, Jay, “A Clash of Opposites” National Review, Aug. 16, 2010

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