Tim Kaine, Democratic candidate for vice president, speaks during an early voting event on the UW-Madiso campus Tuesday.

One week out from the election, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said Wisconsin is one of six or seven battleground states where "all the action is," as he sought to draw a sharp contrast between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

"You have a proud progressive tradition that goes back a long, long time," Kaine said Tuesday, speaking to supporters on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Around the same time, GOP nominee Donald Trump was joined by Republican heavy-hitters including Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ron Johnson and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus at the UW-Eau Claire campus.

Wisconsin hasn't gone for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984, but Trump has made a concerted effort to win over Wisconsin voters. Tuesday marked his fifth trip to the state since losing its April primary to Ted Cruz.

Clinton leads Trump by seven points among likely Wisconsin voters, according to a Marquette University Law School poll released earlier this month. New numbers are due Wednesday. 

Clinton herself hasn't visited the Badger State since she lost its primary to Bernie Sanders. Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, has made several visits, as has her daughter Chelsea, who is scheduled to return for events on Wednesday and Thursday. Sanders also has a rally planned Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Kaine has made a handful of stops — some public and some private — in Wisconsin throughout the campaign, including one in Appleton earlier on Tuesday. 

The Virginia senator said Wisconsin will see more visits from the campaign over the next week, but didn't name names. 

Kaine presented the choice between Trump and Clinton as one between a selfish candidate and a one who is passionate about helping others.

"I'm excited to have somebody in the Oval Office bringing 40 years of passionate battling for families and kids," Kaine said. "Donald Trump does have a passion, it’s just Donald J. Trump."

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Kaine praised Clinton's work on expanding health care access while chiding Trump's comments about a Gold Star family and language he has used to refer to women.

"Donald Trump is not a person who can look at a woman and see an equal," Kaine said.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who introduced Kaine, said she'd like to see Clinton "shatter" the glass ceiling "forever."

"Let's just say, women get it done," Baldwin said. 

Both Baldwin and Kaine also praised Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold, who is challenging Johnson for the seat Feingold held for 18 years before Johnson ousted him in 2010. 

Feingold is a "battler for everyday folks," Kaine said.

The former senator has maintained a lead throughout the race, but polls have shown Johnson gaining on him in recent weeks. 

Kaine rattled off the progressive policy wish list that makes up the Clinton-Kaine platform: health care access, student loan refinancing, a minimum wage hike, equal pay legislation and an effort to combat climate change. 

He said Trump would "roll back" LGBT rights, civil rights and women's rights, and argued Trump's comments about Mexicans and Muslims are an effort to "drag us back" to the country's darkest days, when African-Americans were not considered citizens. 

"It's about one thing," Kaine said. "It's about equality, and we've got to move toward it, not away from it."

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