A sluggish economy has been a big issue in central Wisconsin as of late and it was part of Howard Dean's approach to suggest that those who are suffering can blame the president.
"Wisconsin knows that today's working families struggle to make ends meet in the Bush economy," said Dean.
Dean is the first of the democrats to land in Wisconsin this week and that has impressed many of his supporters who were at the rally.
"I think showing up in Stevens Point sends a pretty strong message to students that he cares about voters here," said Nicholas Ciawfoid, UWSP Student Government President.
Dean made his case for nomination by saying he's the anti-Bush in a field of candidates that have sided with the president on several issues ranging from Iraq to education.
He gained favor with the Stevens Point crowd by comparing himself with a popular Wisconsin Lawmaker.
Dean compared himself with Sen. Russ Feingold, because he says he would stand up against President Bush's and the republicans programs, something the former Vermont governor says his opponents have not done.
"Look at their record," said Dean. "They've all supported the president's war, they've all supported 'No Child Left Behind', they're perfectly nice people, but they're out of touch with ordinary Americans."
Dean says there's no doubt winning Wisconsin is important to the survival of his campaign and he's hoping that ordinary Wisconsinites will put him back in the race.