MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says it's "sad" that his Democratic challenger Russ Feingold would question the value of a faith-based jobs initiative he spearheaded.
Johnson has touted the Joseph Project during the campaign. It connects inner-city workers in Milwaukee with jobs in Sheboygan.
Feingold said in a Tuesday interview with Wisconsin Public Radio that "it's not enough to pick people up in a van and send them away a couple hours and have them come back exhausted at the end of the day." He is calling for a broader approach to fight poverty.
Johnson told reporters in Janesville that "it's literally sad that he would denigrate, that he would basically attack, a program that has transformed people's lives."
Also Wednesday, the Tavern League of Wisconsin endorsed Johnson after backing Feingold in 2010.