Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box this week, and his strategy for bolstering the GOP in upcoming elections was anything but conventional. Johnson called himself "a pretty traditional guy" and said that he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, the Republican stated that his fellow party members need to focus less on social issues like abortion and marriage equality and stick to their economic policy, citing the legitimacy of the voting public's beliefs and state-by-state passage of same-sex marriage laws.
Watch the Squawk Box segment, AFTER THE JUMP...
Think Progress reports:
The senator’s policy hasn’t always matched his rhetoric, however. He is signed on this Congress as a co-sponsor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to institute federal limits on abortion and the DC Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The measure would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Johnson may have turned over a new leaf now that his state's same-sex marriage ban has been struck down (though it is in the appeal stages) and Wisconsinites voted for Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator, in the 2012 election cycle.