‘I believe in Mandela’: Elizabeth Warren stumps for Democratic Senate hopeful Mandela Barnes in Madison

MADISON, Wis. — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a stop in Madison Friday evening to campaign for Democratic Senate hopeful and current Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Barnes is one of several Democrats hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in the fall.

During an event at the Garver Feed Mill, Warren told attendees the fight to protect abortion rights depends on unseating Johnson, who she called “one of the Senate’s most extreme members.”

“I believe in Mandela,” Warren said. “I believe in what he can do for our country, and I know this is going to be tough. This is going to be uphill in a primary and uphill in a general election, but Mandela and I share one thing for sure: we both understand you don’t get what you don’t fight for.”

Republican National Committee spokesperson Rachel Reisner took aim at Barnes, calling him out of touch with Wisconsin voters and adding Warren’s visit further demonstrates that.

“Defund the police, abolish ICE, and abortion for all advocate Mandela Barnes continues to flaunt the support of far-left radicals like Elizabeth Warren,” Reisner wrote in a statement. “We invite Barnes to continue campaigning with the most radical Democrats to show just how out-of-touch he is with Wisconsin values.”