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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Feingold rips Johnson on climate change comments

Ron Johnson's claim that climate change is caused by sunspots is part of a pattern from a candidate whose "credibility is in tatters," U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold said Wednesday.

Johnson's spokeswoman countered the Middleton Dem is a career politician who twists other people's words.

Johnson, the GOP frontrunner to take on Feingold in this fall's general election, made the comments on global warming earlier this week to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board. He said he doesn't believe in the science behind climate change and called the theory "lunacy."

"I'm not going to take a course in Ron Johnson science any time soon," Feingold quipped in an interview with WisPolitics following a round table discussion in Madison with seven local business leaders.

Feingold said Johnson has established a habit of reversing himself after speaking out on policy issues. He said Johnson has done so when talking about drilling in the Great Lakes, Second Amendment rights and extending unemployment benefits. Feingold said Johnson is even moderating his criticism of the federal stimulus legislation.

"I think the issue here isn't so much that he's tossing off these remarks that suggest he's got some pretty bizarre ideas. What's more troubling is that he changes his story every single time and does not have a single commitment to any position," Feingold said. "That's a politician of the worst kind. I don't do that."

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