MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's lieutenant governor told several thousand tea party supporters rallying outside the state Capitol Saturday that Wisconsin is the focus of the nation as the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker plays out.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was the only politician to address the crowd. Walker and Kleefisch face a June 5 recall election. Organizers launched the recall drive after Walker signed legislation to curb collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

The Journal Sentinel says Kleefisch praised efforts by Walker and a Republican-led Legislature to cut the state budget deficit.

Speaking to the National Rifle Association convention Friday in St. Louis, Walker said he sees his fight to avoid becoming the third U.S. governor ever recalled from office as a referendum on so-called big government.