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Q&A with Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s Democratic nominee for Senate

Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, sat for a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post. The interview touched on how he got into politics, what he sees as his path to defeating Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Barnes: "The Senate is a broken place. The Senate has refused to deliver for working people, and Ron Jonson hasn’t lifted a finger to help us out" Barnes: If he wants President Biden to campaign with you, please, come on down. We’ve got to hold bad actors accountable," he says. Johnson calls Barnes “another radical liberal who will cave to the whims of Democrat leadership” in a tweet from his campaign account Tuesday night, his campaign site site says, “

Barnes: "I would not be lieutenant governor if I didn’t lose that state Senate race" Barnes: I think it says less about party and more about society. He says he and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman both lost their primaries in the same year they ran for state Senate. Barnes: It’s never take anything for granted. Strategy matters. And listening matters, he says.