Feingold calls on Johnson to oppose trade deal

Feingold calls on Johnson to oppose trade deal

Challenger Russ Feingold is calling on incumbent U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to oppose a Pacific trade deal.

Feingold, a Democrat, lost the Senate seat to Johnson, a Republican, in 2010. Feingold hopes to take the seat back in the November elections.

During a speech to the Wisconsin State Council of Machinists at a Madison hotel on Monday, Feingold tore into trade deals, saying they cause layoffs. He focused largely on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement that’s been at the center of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. Congress hasn’t ratified it yet, however.

Feingold called the agreement a raw deal and demanded Johnson stand up for the middle class and announce he opposes it.

Johnson spokesman Brian Reisinger says Johnson is reviewing the trade agreement, saying Johnson wants to put facts ahead of politics.