MINNEAPOLIS — Sen. Ron Johnson of the Republican Party and his Democratic opponent, Mandela Barnes, engaged in passionate Senate discussion on crime, gun violence, and economic issues on Thursday night.
The second of two debates before the election on November 8 took place for an hour at Marquette University.
Both candidates occasionally launched personal assaults against one another in response to queries from the moderators, sometimes in ways that had little to do with the matter at hand. When Johnson was asked to discuss one quality of his opponent that he admired, the tone of the insults reached its climax toward the end of the evening.
Johnson remarked, “I admire Lieutenant Governor Barnes having loving parents, a schoolteacher, and a father who worked the third shift, so he had a decent childhood.” “I guess what baffles me is why he has turned against America with that, with that upbringing,” I assume.
Johnson, who is running for a third term, attacked Barnes earlier in the evening, calling him a “actor” who was “making stuff up,” adding that “falsehoods simply seem to glide off his mouth.”
He brought up old grievances about Barnes’ age and pointed out that Barnes, 35, has never worked in the private sector.
Johnson, 67, added, “I’m not sure what he’s ever accomplished.”
Barnes has criticized Johnson’s performance in the Senate in response to his criticism on topics like crime and policing.
He hasn’t done anything for us at all. He has had twelve years to appear at work and for Wisconsin residents,” Barnes remarked.
Barnes also criticized Johnson’s track record in business, claiming that Johnson, who frequently cites his family’s plastics company as proof of his ability to create jobs, married into that position.
Barnes remarked, “Senator Johnson has taken a lot of credit for his son-in-law.”
Johnson stated, “The problem with the whole defund movement, which he’s been a huge proponent of, is that it dispirits law enforcement,” during a discussion on police reform.
Barnes responded by rehashing a criticism he leveled at Johnson during the first debate, calling it “not real” because Johnson downplayed the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
No police officers in our nation were as discouraged as those who were present at the US Capitol on January 6, according to Barnes.
Barnes utilized the opportunity to strike Johnson at one point when the moderators brought up a 12-year-old girl who was slain this week when a stray gunshot struck her as she was assisting her mother with unloading groceries to start their questions on how the candidates would combat gun violence.
Barnes remarked, “The unfortunate reality is that these are not singular incidents. “The even more tragic fact is that there are politicians who claim there is nothing that can be done and that’s why they decide to do nothing.
Inflation, foreign policy, Social Security, immigration, and abortion were all topics of contention between the candidates.
Just a few days prior to Thursday’s heated debate, a brand-new survey showed Johnson leading Barnes.
Johnson appeared to be 6 percentage points ahead of Barnes among likely voters (52% to 46%, according to Marquette Law School’s latest poll, released Wednesday,). One percent of those polled stated they would support neither candidate, and one percent were unsure.
The previous survey conducted by the school in September revealed a significantly closer contest, with Johnson leading Barnes by a margin of error-free 49% to 48%.