MUKWONAGO -- House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP voters Saturday “it’s time to come home and go out and vote,” while U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson warned there is a “razor-thin margin” in his race with Dem Russ Feingold.
Meanwhile, GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence called Donald Trump "a winner, a fighter" during a rally here
"And until very recently it seemed like he was out there fighting all on his own," Pence said. "But now this movement is coming together, this party is coming together, Wisconsin is coming together. Let's elect Donald Trump the next president of the United States."
The three, along with U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Gov. Scott Walker, and other GOP candidates addressed a crowd gathered at Field Park in Mukwonago, a largely rural community at the far southwest corner of Waukesha County. Johnson's campaign said more than 500 attended.
The rally was not far from Walworth County, where Pence was supposed to appear last month at a GOP rally. But Ryan pulled Trump’s invitation to the event following the release of a 2005 videotape showing him making vulgar comments about women, and Pence dropped out.
Pence, who said "I was for Ron Johnson before he was cool," said the Oshkosh Republican brought common sense to Washington, “just like another businessman we're going to send to the White House."
Pence blasted Dem presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation and her email controversy. Pence expressed frustration the FBI earlier this summer determined only that Clinton had been careless in her use of a private email server while secretary of State and did not recommend charges. But he said new information has come forward, and "The director of the FBI has now informed Congress that they have re-opened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server while she was secretary of State."
That prompted shouts from some people in the crowd of "Lock her up!"
Earlier, state Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, replied, "I'm with ya!" to similar chants.
But Ryan, faced with the same chants, told the crowd, "I've got a better idea. Let's make sure she never becomes president of the United States in the first place."
Saying that the First Amendment, Obamacare and the national budget are on the line, Ryan declared, "As the speaker of the House, we are ready and willing to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Ryan opened his speech with praise for Johnson, calling him a manufacturer who took out Feingold. Pulling a list from his pocket, Ryan urged voters to elect local GOP candidates on the Tuesday ballot. People began to shout, "Trump! Trump! Trump!"
"I'm getting there," responded Ryan.
"Let's hear it," shouted a man in the crowd.
Walker called the Feingold-Johnson match up "one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country" and urged voters to give Johnson "just one more term."
"Eighteen years and what did Wisconsin get for it?" Walker asked about Feingold’s three terms in the Senate.
“Nothing,” the crowd answered.”
"We got worse than zilch,” Walker said. “We fired Russ Feingold because of Obamacare. We're not going to send him back to screw it up again."
Johnson slammed Feingold as dedicated to growing government. He said when that happens, “your freedoms recede” and the government demands “more of your hard-earned money.”
Johnson said, "Folks, this is going to a razor-thin margin in Wisconsin," but a few moments later, after urging each member of the audience to find 10 more people to vote Republican, he said, "We're going to win this election in a landslide."
-- By Kay Nolan