Johnson, Ryan tour Janesville steel product manufacturer

'If our nominee (Trump) comes, we'll campaign with him,' Ryan says

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) toured a Janesville steel product manufacturer Saturday as part of the incumbent senator’s campaign bus tour across the state.

Polls show the race between Johnson and former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold tightening.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters outside United Alloy Inc., Ryan made his pitch to voters to return Johnson to the Senate for his second and, in Johnson’s words, final term.

“He knows how to create jobs, and he’s fighting for the kinds of reforms so we can get better, good, high-paying jobs right here in Janesville and across Wisconsin,” Ryan said.

Johnson responded to Vice President Joe Biden’s comments during a campaign stop in Madison Friday, where Biden called Johnson and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “carbon copies of each other.”

“I’m my own person,” Johnson said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Vice President Biden, I really do, I’ve worked with him, I’ve been in the situation room of the White House with him; he’s playing politics here, it’s kind of sad.”

Ryan said if Trump were to stop in Wisconsin, both he and Johnson would join him on the trail.

“If our nominee comes, we’ll campaign with him,” Ryan said.

But that’s all up in the air for now; Trump canceled his scheduled Sunday rally in West Allis.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to lead the polls in Wisconsin.