Johnson talks Pittsburgh shooting, immigration policy, midterms

Republican Senator Ron Johnson (WLUK)

The Pittsburgh Shooting

When asked about the most recent Pittsburgh shooting, where a gunman opened fire on a group of worshipers at a synagogue, Johnson says the shooting was both a tragedy, and an isolated incident.

"It's a senseless slaughter of innocent worshipers," the Republican Senator said. "An act of pure hate and evil."

Johnson also says he doesn't believe the shooting is connected to any political movement.

Immigration

Barely a week away from November 6, Johnson was asked what would be the primary focus of the midterms.

His answer was straightforward.

"We do have a real crisis on our border that's been there for years."

Johnson says this is one of the main problems that he is focusing on. Making note of the Trump administration taking blame for taking children from their parents at the border, Johnson says he wants to find a way to enforce laws without separating families.

The topic raises eyebrows at the President's recent tweets that could be seen as inciting violence, hinting at military intervention.

Johnson's response: "Congress is separate in terms of how we go about doing things." The senator went on to say he "goes about doing his business," and even pointed to successes on passing legislation under former President Barack Obama.

"We have a completely broken legal immigration system that incentivizes people to come to this country illegally," Johnson said.

Taxes and Tariffs

Johnson says one of President Donald Trump's goals is for "Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money."

He says he wants to make the most recent tax cuts permanent in budgets to come.

When switching gears to trade, Johnson praised the administration's NAFTA replacement with USMCA, or the United States- Canada- Mexico Agreement.

Johnson says the President and Republicans are responsible for deregulating the economy.

"We stopped punishing success, and the results speak for themselves," aid Johnson.

He specifically points to Governor Scott Walker (R- Wisconsin) for the state's low unemployment rates.

Johnson says Wisconsin is moving towards an open-arms approach to businesses, and it's something he'd like to see continue to happen.

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