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Johnson/Feingold trying to define Senate race by different issues

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MADISON (WKOW) -- With just 70 days to go until the November 8 election, Wisconsin's top two U.S. Senate candidates are trying to define their race by the issues that benefit their respective campaigns the most.

Speaking to the Wisconsin AFL-CIO biennial convention Monday, Russ Feingold focused squarely on the economy - specifically the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

"It's not just knowing that what you're getting right now is paying the bills, it's knowing that it won't just be ripped away from you," said Feingold, who is challenging incumbent Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin).

Speaking to reporters afterward, Feingold said issues impacting working class voters are the defining piece of the race.

"The vast majority of the people of Wisconsin agree with me, that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad and a raw deal," said Feingold, speaking about the increasingly unpopular southeast Asian trade deal. "I've stated my position and fought for it. Senator Johnson will not come out against it."

At a stop in Eau Claire Monday, Senator Johnson took time to take a shot at Feingold's economic record.

"Senator feingold, he is good at growing government. He wants to take more of your paycheck, voted for more than 270 tax increases during his 18 years in the Senate," said Sen. Johnson.

But Sen. Johnson told focused most of his comments on national security, one of the few areas where he's polling higher than Feingold right now.

"We have got to defeat ISIS," said Sen. Johnson. "We have got to remain tenacious, relentless in tracking down Islamic terrorists wherever they are hiding on the globe and destroy them, or else these threats are gong to continue."

On Friday, a Johnson Super PAC called Let America Work will launch a $500,000 statewide television ad campaign focusing on national security issues.

But Feingold said Johnson has no real plan for victory against Islamic terrorists, including ISIS.

Feingold said he wants the U.S. to increase its intelligence capabilities to take out more ISIS leaders and the group's oil reserves.

"And that means more spies, more intelligence, more people operating in some in these very difficult areas to identify them," said Feingold.

Let America Work also released results of an internal poll Monday, showing Feingold with just a three point lead over Johnson among likely voters.

That represents a much closer race than what previous Marquette Law School polls have shown, with the most recent showing Feingold with an 11 point lead.

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