Russ Feingold to run for US Senate seat

Democrat Russ Feingold has decided to run for his old Senate seat in Wisconsin against Republican Ron Johnson, who defeated him in 2010.

Associated Press obtained Feingold’s announcement Thursday before it was to be sent in a video message to supporters. He was widely expected to get into the race, and no other Democrat has publicly expressed interest.

The race is expected to be one of the most contentious nationwide and will be a priority for Democrats as they attempt to win back majority control of the Senate.

The 62-year-old Feingold served three terms in the Senate between 1993 and 2011. He lost by 5 points to Johnson in the 2010 midterm election.

Senator Johnson has said he is seeking a second term. He released the following statement:

“I welcome Russ Feingold into the Senate race. While I was building a small manufacturing business and creating real jobs in Oshkosh, Russ was building Washington into the gigantic, debt-ridden, tax-eating, unresponsive, and freedom-squashing government we have today. Russ Feingold wants more Washington, a more expensive Washington, and a more powerful Washington. I want to empower people. This campaign will give the people of Wisconsin a real choice.”

Republican National Committee spokesman Fred Brown issued the following statement:

“Russ Feingold has a track record of failed ideas that have taken the country in the wrong direction. His far left policies are the reason Wisconsin voters rejected him before and are the reason they will reject him again.”

Below you can watch Feingold’s announcement video.