Republicans respond to Obama's visit to valley
President Obama is in Southern Nevada for the next few days preparing for Wednesday's debate in Colorado. Local Republicans are using it as an opportunity to shed light on what they describe as Obama's failures. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- President Obama is in Southern Nevada for the next few days preparing for Wednesday's debate in Colorado. Local Republicans are using it as an opportunity to shed light on what they describe as Obama's failures.
"There's really no amount of debate prep he can do or speeches he can make, that will provide an answer to why Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation," says Mason Harrison, with the Romney Campaign.
The Romney campaign has transferred that message to a billboard on wheels, which they say will follow the President everywhere he goes in the valley, during these next few days.
The billboard reads: "12.1% Unemployment. Highest in the Nation. You Built this. Can't Afford 4 More Years."
"Nevada has suffered under President Obama's policies more than any other state," Harrison says. "There are too many unemployed workers, foreclosed homes, and empty storefronts. It's time for a new direction. Our message to voters is that there is another way. There is another leader. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a plan to strengthen the middle class, strengthen the economy."
Mitt Romney is headed to Denver for a rally Monday, before Wednesday's big debate there. He attended Sunday services with his wife, Ann, in Massachusetts.
Romney supporters acknowledge that it's crunch time.
"This election is going to be very close," Harrison says. "It's neck and neck right now."
That's why local Republicans are working tirelessly. Some protested outside Obama's event Sunday at Desert Pines High School. While others were stationed at the Las Vegas campaign headquarters.
"We've actually had volunteers from all over the place," Harrison says. "Even people from neighboring states are coming here, to make phone calls, and help the Romney campaign in Nevada. We have dedicated volunteers who realize our future is at stake. They've been directly affected by the hard times we've experienced under Obama."
With only about six weeks until election day, both Democrats and Republicans are trying to sway voters here in Nevada, which remains one of the key battleground states.
Ann Romney will be campaigning for her husband in Southern Nevada Monday. She's hosting an event in Henderson.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio will also be making a trip to the valley on behalf of Romney. He'll host a rally in Henderson on Tuesday.