Racine (WISN) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped in Racine on Saturday to speak at a campaign rally for Randy Bryce, who is challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan for his 1st Congressional District seat.
The crowd roared as Sanders took the stage Saturday at Memorial Hall in Racine.
"We need to get rid of Republican control over the House and of the Senate and bring in leadership that is prepared to fight for working people, not just billionaires," Sanders said.
Bryce and Sanders talked about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, passing Medicare for all and increasing funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
"We also need free college tuition for working-class kids and a pathway to citizenship for dreamers so that the American dream doesn't die," Sanders said.
Supporters said Bryce's appeal is that he's one of them.
"He stands for what we stand for: working people, getting ahead not the millionaires, so we're supporting him all the way to Washington," Bryce supporter Jim Poplawskim said.
Sanders said the only way to do that is to get out and vote.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin released a statement about the event, saying, "Randy Bryce is showing Wisconsin voters just how extreme he really is by sharing the stage with socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. Thanks to Republican tax cuts, Wisconsinites are keeping more of what they earn. Bernie and Bryce are campaigning to take that money and give it to Washington. They think they know how to spend your money better than you do."
Janesville School Board member Cathy Meyers is the other Democrat in the race.
On the Republican side, incumbent Paul Ryan has not announced whether he's running for re-election. The two other Republicans who have announced they are running are Nick Polce and Paul Nehlen.
The filing deadline is in June. The primary is Aug. 14, and the general election is Nov. 6.