Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold, vying to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson, faces a challenger in the Aug. 9 primary, Scott Harbach.
Harbach did not answer a Wisconsin State Journal candidate questionnaire, but his website says he is a private investigator. The website slams “political correctness and a biased media” while pledging to make religious freedom and national security his top issues.
Republicans hold a 54-46 advantage in the Senate. The general election is Nov. 8
Why are you the best candidate to represent your party in the November election?
Feingold: Since launching this campaign, I’ve visited each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties at least twice. And what I hear from Wisconsinites from Polk to Dane County is the same: middle class and working families are struggling to get by in an economic system that favors multi-millionaires and corporations over working families. ... I’ll stand up to the D.C. special interests and fight for middle class and working families.
What vote by members of your party last session do you disagree with most?
Feingold: I’m firmly against the Trans Pacific Partnership because it’s a raw deal for Wisconsin’s workers and businesses. Over the years, bad trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA have consistently shipped jobs overseas, upending hardworking middle class families. ... I know the TPP would be more of the same, which is why I stood up to a Democratic president, urging both Democrats and Republicans to vote against it.
What is your top agenda item that you would like to pass if elected?
Feingold: My top priority is to create an economy that works for Wisconsin’s middle class and working families. I would immediately focus on passing a federal minimum wage increase, enacting guaranteed paid leave for workers, protecting the retirement security of working Americans and seniors alike, and making higher education more affordable. ... We must also use all of our resources to defeat ISIS and other groups who seek to attack the United States.