Press Release

NEW: Highlights from the Win for Wisconsin Tour’s First Week

MADISON — This week, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, candidate for U.S. Senate, launched the Win for Wisconsin bus tour, a tour focused on uplifting the Wisconsin workers and families that Ron Johnson has left behind. Over the course of 16 days, Mandela will make 100 stops across the state to hold Ron Johnson accountable for his disastrous record of stripping women of their rights and voting against the interests of farmers, workers, small businesses, and families across Wisconsin.  

This week, Mandela hosted and spoke at events in Wausau, Rhinelander, Milwaukee, Viroqua, La Crosse, Green Bay, Glendale, Waukesha, Neenah, Jackson, Oshkosh, Racine, Eau Claire, Hudson, Sturgeon Bay, and Madison.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mandela Barnes sets 16-day bus tour to close race against Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson

  • Democrat Mandela Barnes has set an ambitious schedule for his closing sprint in Wisconsin’s race for U.S. Senate.
  • His campaign said Wednesday that Barnes will embark on a 16-day bus tour that includes 100 stops across the state.
  • The tour starts Oct. 24 in Green Bay and includes an Oct. 29 rally in Milwaukee where Barnes and other top Democrats will appear at an event headlined by former President Barack Obama.

Mandela has highlighted Ron Johnson’s record of turning his back on hard-working Wisconsinites. 

WXOW: Mandela Barnes makes La Crosse stop

  • A meet and greet visit to La Crosse by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes on Thursday afternoon as part of his final campaign push for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Ron Johnson.
  • Barnes met an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at Thrunie’s on Pearl Street. He delivered his message of “better is possible”, telling the crowd he’s the candidate focused on what working class people need now. He cited good paying jobs and affordable health care.
  • “We deserve more than Ron Johnson,” Barnes said. “He’s a person who’s sold out for 12 long years, leaving working people behind. His positions on abortion are too extreme and out of touch with the people of Wisconsin.” 

WKBT: Wisconsin senator candidate Mandela Barnes visits downtown La Crosse

  • Wisconsin Senator nominee Mandela Barnes made his way to downtown La Crosse.
  • The current lieutenant governor hosted a meet and greet at Thrunie’s to hear from community members and leaders about area issues.
  • “Ron Johnson has done nothing but serve himself in the interest of his wealthy donors of special interest since he’s been elected,” said Barnes. “The people in this state, especially the people of La Crosse are crying out for real representation. Somebody who’s gonna go to Washington D.C. and help make their lives better, not harder.”

Mandela held Ron Johnson accountable for his record attacking Social Security and Medicare while also reiterating his commitment to building a better Wisconsin.

Mandela spoke about the importance of voting to many first-time voters and then biked with students to their local polling site for a “Pedal to the Polls” event.

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram: Barnes campaign stops at UW-Eau Claire 

  • Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes looked out at a crowd of 80 people, mostly college students, on Wednesday at UW-Eau Claire, and asked for a show of hands from those who are voting for their first time. Most hands shot up.
  • […] During his speech, Barnes said that a win will depend on just an additional three or four votes in each ward, so it is important to get out first-time voters as well as those who traditionally only vote in presidential elections. He voted on Tuesday.
  • “There is so much on the line, our rights, our freedoms,” Barnes said. “I want to make sure the next generation has more rights.”
  • Johnson has not had a public event with media availability in the Chippewa Valley recently; he did appear at the Liberty Fest with the Eau Claire County Republican Party earlier this month, and he attended a private fundraiser event near Menomonie on Saturday, where media were not invited to attend. He did attend a public rally in Superior this week.

WEAU: Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mandela Barnes visits UW-Eau Claire campus to rally college voters 

  • Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mandela Barnes made his case to college voters Wednesday morning.
  • The Lieutenant Governor was at a campaign event at UW-Eau Claire talking to young voters, some of which are first time voters.
  • Barnes told students that the midterm elections are just as important as presidential elections.

Mandela has continued to connect with Wisconsinites of every background who don’t feel represented by self-serving multi-millionaire Ron Johnson.

Hudson Star-Observer: Mandela Barnes blasts Johnson at Hudson rally 

  • Of the estimated 150 people that showed up to see Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Oct. 26, most were aware of his policies. With just under two weeks until the midterm elections his visit attracted supporters rather than undecided voters.
  • Barnes held his rally downtown at the Hop and Barrel Brewery. He was greeted with cheers and chants as he shook hands with supporters.
  • “When we win in November we can lower Ron Johnson’s retirement age,” Barnes said as the crowd roared.
  • Barnes discussed his plans on hot button issues including gun control reform, civil rights, reproductive rights and the economy. As he concluded his speech he repeated his opinion about the importance of the midterm elections.

WBAY: Senate candidate Barnes campaigns in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay 

  • Candidates for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate position are increasing their stops around the state as election day nears. Thursday, Democrat Mandela Barnes was in both Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay encouraging people to vote.
  • Barnes wants Democrats to gain a majority in the Senate to hold back a Republican agenda.
  • “They’re getting away with raising costs on average people. They’re getting away with raising tax breaks for the most wealthy individuals. They’re getting away with stacking the deck against us in favor of making life easier for people who already have it easy,” Barnes said.