FOX 32 NEWS - The whole world will be watching Wisconsin Tuesday.
That's when Republican primary voters in the southern part of Wisconsin will decide between U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and a fiery challenger.
He is America's highest-ranking Republican officeholder. But the man seeking to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan mocks some of Ryan's proposed budget-balancing spending cuts, and he attacks Ryan's ties to billionaire donors such as the Koch Brothers.
“Paul Ryan would rather cut the benefits of U.S. veterans than cut the benefits of illegal immigrants. Ryan doesn't represent the people of Wisconsin. He represents Wall Street donors,” Paul Nehlen said.
Nehlen's borrowed a page from Donald Trump's campaign for President, angrily attacking illegal immigration. He denounces Ryan for appearing in Chicago in 2013 with Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez. They discussed a path to citizenship for millions who violated immigration laws.
“What Luis and I are putting out there are the basic components of a system that we want to endure. We don't want to be having this conversation five years from now,” Ryan said.
Three-and-a-half years later, comprehensive immigration reform has still gone nowhere on Capitol Hill. Ryan took no questions from reporters Monday as he met with workers at a series of companies. At A&E Tools in Racine, he touted plans to help American manufacturers sell products overseas and to add more jobs.
“And if you take a look at our agenda, it's called ‘The Better Way.’ We spent this year basically building an agenda in Congress,” Ryan said. “And looking at all the best ideas from every corner. And putting an agenda on the key things that are confronting our country, so that we don't just tell people what we are against. We tell people what we're for.”
Despite their rocky relationship, Trump a few days ago did endorse Paul Ryan for re-election. Polls in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary don't open until 7 a.m., but remain open until 8 p.m.