PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Wisconsin delegates gave Bernie Sanders a heroes welcome on Tuesday, July 26th at the Democratic National Convention -- following his prime-time speech on Monday night.
"Let me thank Wisconsin," Sanders said. "If I learned anything in this campaign, and I say this from the bottom of my heart, there are wonderful people in every state in this country -- really great people -- who love this country and want to see it become all that we know that we can become."
Sanders spoke with Wisconsin Democrats Tuesday for the first time since he won the state by double digits in April. He said he's no longer a presidential candidate, but his message remains the same.
"This is an unbelievably critical point in American economic and political history," Sanders said.
Sanders received four standing ovations in 10 minutes from Wisconsin delegates.
In between, he outlined why Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Donald Trump, who he called the "worst, least prepared candidate" he has ever seen.
"We need pay equity for women, no excuse. Hillary Clinton believes that. Donald Trump does not," Sanders said.
Several supporters of Clinton and Sanders told FOX6 News Sanders' support for Clinton should help quell the concerns of Sanders fans who protested Monday.
"Democracy is noisy. I suspect the convention will continue to be a bit noisy, but I think we’re coming together. There will be some detractors, of course," Senator Tammy Baldwin said.
"Certainly, we don’t love the fact that we’re not fighting to elect Bernie Sanders. But we know that this is a long-haul fight for social and economic justice in this country," Peter Rickman, a Sanders delegate said.
Sanders told Wisconsin delegates that he would fight with them. He said his political organization will go to work for Sanders-endorsed candidates ranging from school board candidates to candidates for state legislatures.
"If there was a theme of our campaign, that theme is we have to think big -- not small," Sanders said.