Democrats are spreading “misinformation” about Ron Johnson in the media, and some outlets are starting to notice.

After a similar piece was published last week, Axios wrote an article that included an outline of Senator Johnson’s statements on Obamacare which detailed how the “Democrats jumped on his comments and mischaracterized them in ads and releases.” Excerpts and a link to the full article are below.


Democrats target new GOP election foils

In digital ads and press releases, Democrats are using Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Rick Scott of Florida and Chuck Grassley of Iowa as foils to contrast their party’s vision for health care and the economy.

Why it matters: Democrats view recent comments by the three senators as political gifts — and a rare opportunity to go on offense as the party tries to stave off projected midterm losses.

  • The White House has struggled to sharpen its message ahead of this fall, leaving Democrats desperate and begging for better direction.
  • Health care was a winning issue for Democrats during the 2018 midterms and the party hopes that holds true for this cycle.
  • “Ron Johnson said WHAT?!” the Democrats’ House fundraising arm — not its usual Senate counterpart — said in a March 10 email soliciting donations that’s typical of the new thrust.

The backstory: During a recent interview with Breitbart News Radio, Johnson urged his party to start thinking about what policy items it would prioritize if it takes back the White House, House and Senate in 2024.

  • He cited Republicans’ failure to replace the Affordable Care Act — when they had control of Washington — as an example of why it’s so important for the GOP to develop a clear legislative plan and agenda now.
  • Democrats jumped on his comments and mischaracterized them in ads and releases.
  • Johnson even released a statement to clarify his position and debunk the misinformation: “I was not suggesting repealing and replacing Obamacare should be one of those priorities. Even when we tried and failed, I consistently said our effort should focus on repairing the damage done by Obamacare and transitioning to a health system that works.”

T.W. Arrighi, a spokesperson for the NRSC, told Axios that Democrats are “panicking and trying to manufacture new issues.”

  • “Democrats are grasping at straws to find something to run on because they’ve done a great job messing everything up since taking control of Washington.”
  • Emma Vaughn, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, said, “The Biden and Democrat agenda is crushing American families, so it’s truly pathetic to watch Democrats try to lie about it.”

Read the full article here.

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