House Speaker Paul Ryan will join Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence in Wisconsin on Saturday as part of Sen. Ron Johnson’s bus tour across the Badger State, according to Pence’s campaign. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner will also join the men and appear at the event at Field Park in the city of Mukwonago.
Although Pence and Ryan have shared a friendship spanning more than a decade, the relationship between Ryan and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been turbulent.
Ryan voted for Trump on November 1, however, he would not mention Trump by name. The Speaker of the House was previously shouted down at at “Fall Fest” event in Wisconsin as a result of his criticism of Trump.
Saturday’s event with Ryan and Pence is a sign of growing unity among the Republican Party, in spite of major divisions spanning from the now-defunct “Never Trump” movement.
Johnson is running against Democrat Russ Feingold, who held the seat from 1993 until 2011. He beat Feingold — who was the incumbent at the time — in the November 2, 2010, general election with 52% of the vote. New polls indicate Johnson has gained in the polls and is only a single point behind Feingold with the Democrat holding a 45-44 lead.