Senate candidate Russ Feingold speaks at an early
voting rally on Monday, July 25, in Madison, Wis.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments
about inviting Russia to find Hillary Clinton's lost emails
spilled over into Wisconsin's U.S. Senate race on Wednesday.
Russ Feingold had harsh words for Trump, calling him unfit
to be president and questioning how much longer his
Republican opponent, Sen. Ron Johnson, could support Trump.
Johnson, who has said he supports but does not endorse
Trump, said through a spokesman that Russia should
"stay out of our elections."
dust-up came after Trump, in a news conference, encouraged
Russia to get involved in American politics and find
thousands of emails missing from Clinton's private computer
across the country condemned the remarks and tried to use
them to score political points against Republicans who have
backed Trump. Some Republicans tried to distance themselves
from the comments. Even Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, took a different tack and warned of
"serious consequences" if Russia interfered in the
Speaker Paul Ryan's spokesman, Brendan Buck, said
"Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug"
and that Russian President Vladimir Putin should stay out of
fell back on those comments in his response to Trump's
unprecedented suggestion that a foreign power conduct cyber
spying on an American presidential candidate.
agrees with Paul Ryan — Russia is a global menace led by a
devious thug, and they should stay out of our
elections," said Johnson spokesman William Allison.
Earlier on Wednesday, during a radio interview with WLS-AM,
Johnson was asked if he thought Trump had the temperament to
sure hope so," Johnson said after a short pause.
told The Associated Press that Trump's Russia comments show
he is "an enormous threat to national security"
and unfit to be president, and that anyone who believes
otherwise is "flirting with danger."
think this has reached the point where it's clearly not a
Democrat or Republican issue, it's an American issue,"
Feingold said. "I would say enough is enough."