Former Vice President Biden endorses Randy Bryce's bid to succeed Paul Ryan

FILE - In this June 29, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the media in Cincinnati. Home to the first-in-the-South primaries, South Carolina is accustomed to the parade of presidential candidates who frequent the state in hopes of boosting their national credibility. But, with eager Democrats’ open 2020 contest, that competition has begun here early, with candidates lining up visits with a frequency accelerated from years past. Biden, who has said it’ll be at least January before he decides about 2020, has been keeping an elevated profile in South Carolina this midterm cycle, even for him.
In this June 29, 2018, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the media in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

MADISON (AP) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden is endorsing Democrat Randy Bryce in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Bryce's campaign announced the Biden endorsement Tuesday. It comes three weeks before the Nov. 6 election where Bryce faces Republican Bryan Steil. Steil is an attorney who once worked for Ryan and has his backing to replace him.


Ryan's congressional seat covers southeast Wisconsin and has been a target for Democrats this cycle.

Biden says in a statement that as a union iron worker, Bryce "knows what it means to fight for working people."

Bryce has faced criticism from Republicans for failing to pay his child support and being arrested nine times, first for drunken driving in 1998 and more recently for protesting Republican policies.

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