At about 9 a.m. Saturday, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson had just arrived at United Alloy, a steel fabrication company in Janesville.
He took a short tour of the factory. Overall it was a run-of-the-mill campaign stop.
But on that particular day, Johnson had some reinforcements, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who happens to live in Janesville.
“Ron Johnson is one of those rare bright lights in the United States Senate who knows how to create jobs,” Ryan said.
Wearing nearly matching red sweaters and jeans, Ryan and Johnson looked like teammates. And that might have been intentional. Wisconsin Republicans are making a strong push in the final days of the senator’s campaign. All the big names have been getting together to unite and rally their Republican base.
And all of them, Johnson included, are driving home the message that got him elected in 2010, during his first contest against Democrat Russ Feingold.
“I’ve actually created jobs for middle-income Wisconsinites,” Johnson said Saturday. “I know how to grow a business. As a result, I know what we need to do to get our economy realizing its full potential.”
After a short press conference at the factory, Johnson and Ryan jumped back into their respective SUVs. They had places to be.
The next stop was about 50 miles down the road in Mukwonago, where Gov. Scott Walker and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence were waiting for them.
Among a long line of people waiting to get into the rally was Mukwonago resident Tom Sisk. He said he likes Johnson because he’s “down to earth.”