Newsmakers: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)
In his first eight months on the job, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said he has learned leaders in Washington are incapable of solving the nation’s "dire" debt and spending problems. In a Newsmakers interview on Aug. 25, the first-term Republican said the bill he voted against that raised the nation’s debt limit did nothing to solve America’s $14-trillion debt. Johnson also refused to endorse any Republican candidates for President or the U.S. Senate in 2012. However, Johnson said questions being raised about whether former Republican Gov. Tommy G. Thompson backed President Obama’s health-care reforms are "legitimate." Johnson again said the top priority of a Republican-controlled Congress should be repeal of Obama’s health-care laws.