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U.S. Sen. Johnson says Obama "not someone we can compromise with"


UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. senator told fellow conservatives that President Obama is quote, “not someone we can compromise with.” Ron Johnson told the Conservative Political Action Conference that the Democrat Obama is not working with Republicans in good faith on solving the nation’s fiscal problems. Johnson said Washington’s spending trends were not far behind Greece and Italy. And he followed that by saying quote, “Congratulations America – We have arrived at the lower level of European socialism.” The three-day conference is the largest annual gathering of U.S. conservatives. Besides the speeches, there are panel discussions – and one of them today dealt with the efforts by Wisconsin and Ohio to reduce collective bargaining for public union workers. A referendum in Ohio struck down that state’s effort – but a similar effort was approved in Wisconsin, and was upheld by the state’s Supreme Court. Vincent Vernuccio of the Competitive Enterprise Institute said, “The unions are going after Governor Walker because they’re seeing their entrenchment coming under attack.” House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville is scheduled to speak to the conservative conference tonight. Governor Scott Walker will address the group Friday night.