Mandela Barnes targets rural voters in first general election rally


CAMBRIDGE — Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes held his first campaign rally of the general election Thursday at a dairy farm in Cambridge, using a 15-minute speech to supporters to push a message that, as U.S. senator, he will work to create a better Wisconsin for people across the state — not just in the city’s urban hubs.

Barnes was introduced at the event, hosted at Hinchley’s Dairy Farm, by Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who has become a vocal supporter of Barnes since it became apparent two weeks ago that he would be the party’s nominee.

Speaking to a crowd of about 100, Baldwin declared that “Mandela Barnes is the right person for this job.”


“I believe the state of Wisconsin deserves two senators that are fighting for working people and families,” Baldwin said, a thinly veiled jab at GOP U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, adding that “Mandela has shown an unprecedented ability to unite Wisconsinites in a coalition that includes farmers, union leaders, teachers, small business owners and working people all across the state.”

“He gets us,” Baldwin said of the lieutenant governor. 

She also attacked Johnson more directly, saying “Ron Johnson is all talk when it comes to supporting Wisconsin businesses” because the Republican voted against a bill intended to bolster American chip manufacturing. Baldwin said making chips in America will address well-documented supply chain issues facing the state’s numerous manufacturers.

“I can’t think of a better person to serve as a partner to me in the U.S. Senate,” Baldwin said in conclusion about Barnes.

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