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Sen. Baldwin promotes Barnes over Johnson in visit to Dem office in La Crosse



“Ron against Roe” has become a battle cry for Wisconsin Democrats, leading up to the fall election for U.S. Senate. 

“Ron” is Republican Senator Ron Johnson, seeking a third term.  “Roe” is the Roe versus Wade ruling on abortion, overturned this summer by the Supreme Court. 

On Thursday, the state’s other U.S. Senator, Democrat Tammy Baldwin, came to La Crosse, speaking out against Johnson’s support of laws against abortion.

“It’s so callous of the Republicans in Congress, celebrating this decision (striking down Roe),” said Baldwin, “rather than understanding that it has brought women back in this country, eliminated freedoms that we’ve had for 50 years.”

Baldwin says Johnson has favored nationwide limits on abortion, which differs from his claim that the issue should be left to the states. 

Sen. Baldwin (left) appears at Democratic party event with La Crosse State Rep Jill Billings

Baldwin’s visit to the La Crosse Democratic Party office was also a rally in favor of Johnson’s challenger, Mandela Barnes, who supports abortion rights.  The GOP claims that Barnes wants no restrictions on abortion. 

Baldwin, whose Senate seat isn’t on the ballot again until 2024, told local Democrats that she wants Barnes as a Senate partner in Washington.

Barnes and Johnson met Thursday night in their second and final debate before the election.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. John Q Public

    October 14, 2022 at 6:35 am

    This is not news this is a something we knew with out being told democrats always support the party line of hate, division,lies and misinformation…

  2. Nick

    October 14, 2022 at 8:49 am

    Tammy Baldwin is a joke. The only individuals in Washington worth anything in Washington are the Republicans who spoke out against Trump, Manchineel and Sinema . The rest are all party hacks that always put the country last.
    Pfaff and Van Orden are both walking examples of party hacks.
    The voters get what they deserve by not paying attention to what is really going on in this country and how dangerous the world is becoming.
    The media imotto; protect Democrats at all costs to the detriment of the country.
    That is far worse than the riot in January 6th; many of the participants are going to jail as they should.

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