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Exclusive: Republican sen. Ron Johnson said his “intention” was to finish his second term in the Senate and return home to Wisconsin, but in an exclusive interview with LBL on Monday, Democrats ruled “extremely divisive and devastating” ..
Johnson, during the 2016 reelection campaign to continue representing Wisconsin in the US Senate, pledged to serve only two terms if elected. But Johnson told LBL that “the Democrats were not expecting to gain full control of the government.”
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“That was definitely my intention – to serve that second term and go home is my strong priority for both myself and my wife,” Johnson said. “But I didn’t expect the Democrats to take full control of the government or to govern in the most divisive and destructive way they rule.”
Johnson said he “appreciated” President Biden’s inaugural address, but said he had broken his promise.
“He said his first goal was to unite and heal this nation – but he has literally done the opposite,” Johnson said. “So, this country feels like a rupture, and I asked myself. If you were in a position to make America safer and more secure and improve things, would you go away?”
He said: “I’ve never shied away from doing difficult things, so I can’t go away. I’m in a position where I can help and make a real difference.”
“The No. 1 thing is that we have lost legitimacy with the FBI and the Justice Department and their corrupt investigation of Trump; their deplorable failure to hand over health care agencies and COVID; the media, the majority; big tech giants – people have lost confidence in these institutions that are key to free democracy,” Johnson said. .
He said: “The only way I know to restore trust is to get to the bottom of things and get to the truth, and right now, the truth is shrouded in so many different fronts.”
Johnson has served as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Should he be reelected for a third term due to Senate rules, his term to lead that committee expires and he will change to a leadership position in the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Johnson said that if he stepped on the subcommittee and re-elected him, it would be “a very useful position for me.”
Johnson told LBL he did not run for the Senate to “investigate and ask questions and seek answers,” but “this is really my role now.”
“I want to go home,” Johnson said. “I’m not doing this because I want to be somebody. I respect being a US senator, but I’m doing this for a real reason.”
Johnson said the job of leading investigations and “speaking the truths” put him in a position of “constantly being attacked, abused and mocked.”
“But that doesn’t stop me, because I know I’m telling the truth,” Johnson said, adding that it’s a “relatively unique quality” and that “many people have strongly encouraged me.” To get a second term. ”
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“The bottom line is I really love this country. I love the people in it, the people in Wisconsin,” Johnson said. “Our nation is in trouble. It’s flowing, and I think I can help the situation. That’s why I decided to run again.”
Regarding his wife, Johnson said, “She recognizes what I bring to this and what my goals are. It doesn’t have to be somebody, it’s about fixing problems and seeing that I am effective.”
“My wife loves this country, too,” the senatorial campaign differs from her first two, saying the Republicans “need to get back the Senate,” and Johnson said “every position is crucial.”
Meanwhile, when asked how his third campaign will be different from his previous two, Johnson said he has already “received a completely different level of support in 2022 than in 2016”, adding that he is not a Sen. “There’s nothing but respect,” said Rick Scott. R-Fla., President of the national Republican senatorial campaign.
“I’m a true ally of Sen. Rick Scott. I have no respect for him, and he supports – the senatorial committee supports my campaign,” Johnson said. “It’s a completely different attitude in the country right now,” Johnson said. “In 2022, it’s really about stopping the destruction and danger of the Democratic administration.”
He said: “Totally different campaigns, it’s almost like a different world.”