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Vice President Joe Biden encouraged a crowd at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Madison to vote early on Friday, the last day people could do so before election day on Tuesday.

Just four days before the election, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an impassioned plea to Wisconsinites, urging them to vote for Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold.

"I can define America for you in one word, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart. One word: possibilities," Biden told a crowd of about 1,200 on Friday at Madison's Orpheum Theater. "It’s always been about possibilities. It’s always been about what we can do. America never bends, America never bows, America never breaks. America always overcomes. And we are on the finish line … God love you, go out and vote. Vote, vote, vote."

Biden spent as much time boosting the Democratic former Secretary of State as he did praising Feingold, who is challenging Republican Sen. Ron Johnson for the seat he held for 18 years before being ousted in 2010. 

Johnson and Republican nominee Donald Trump are "cut from the same political, ideological cloth," Biden said, twice making a point to note he was comparing Johnson's policies, but not his character, with Trump's. 

The vice president criticized Trump for a wide swath of positions and public statements, including demeaning comments the nominee has made about women and his reluctance to unconditionally defend NATO allies. 

Biden presented Trump and Johnson as out of touch with the middle class, and said the choice voters have "could not be more stark."

"The arc of history has always been forward, and what these guys want to do is literally move it backward," Biden said.

Clinton and Feingold support raising the minimum wage, making college debt-free, establishing paid family leave and making efforts to combat climate change, Biden said.

Polls show Clinton with a sizable lead over Trump, but the real estate mogul continues to make a play for the Badger State. Trump will make his sixth post-primary Wisconsin visit on Sunday, rallying supporters in West Allis. Wisconsin has not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

"Hillary Clinton is dragging down Sen. Feingold's candidacy, and now more of her political allies are coming to Wisconsin as Washington Democrats hit the panic button," said Republican Party of Wisconsin executive director Mike Duffey in a statement.

Pete Meachum, state director for Trump's Wisconsin campaign, said voters will choose Trump as the candidate to "drain the swamp of corruption in Washington, D.C."

Clinton hasn't returned to Wisconsin since her primary campaign, instead opting to send surrogates like Biden and her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. Kaine told supporters in Madison earlier this week that Wisconsin is one of six or seven battleground states "where all the action is."

Clinton leads Trump in Wisconsin by six points according to a Marquette University Law School poll released this week. 

The same poll showed Feingold running ahead of Johnson by just one point. 

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin focused as much on Feingold's race as Clinton's in her remarks to the crowd, urging voters to send Feingold back to the Senate to give her a "progressive partner."

Baldwin made a heartfelt case for Clinton, who she argued would carry on the "incredible legacy of hope" left by Biden and President Barack Obama. 

Biden made a similar case, focusing on the Obama administration's economic legacy.

"We have gone from crisis to recovery and we’re now on the verge of genuine resurgence," Biden said, adding there's still more to be done to help middle- and working-class Americans.

Baldwin also noted the historical significance of electing the first women president, and the message it would send to young girls. Baldwin was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

"You can reach for the stars when there’s no more ceiling," she said.

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Jessie Opoien is the Capital Times' opinion editor. She joined the Cap Times in 2013, covering state government and politics for the bulk of her time as a reporter. She has also covered music, culture and education in Madison and Oshkosh.