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Las Vegas (Oct 14) – The Valley High School gymnasium was packed with more than 1500 Democratic supporters who parked blocks away, and walked in the night, just to see the “rock star” Bill Clinton. They came with signs, cheers, and even boo’s when Senator Harry Reid’s opponent Sharron Angle’s name was mentioned.
The Rally was the second hosted by the former President for Senator Reid. The race, according to several polls, is in a dead heat. President Clinton said “in a normal time” the Senator would be 25 points ahead in the polls. “But these aren’t normal times.” Nevada has the largest number of unemployed and the highest foreclosure rate in the country.
The economy was the theme throughout the entire rally and President Bill Clinton brought that message. He said, “If you care about jobs vote for Harry Reid.” Senator Reid, during his introduction of President Bill Clinton, said, “he proved you can have a good environment and a good economy”. President Clinton left office with a high surplus. President Clinton said, “The only reason this is a tough race is because people are having a tough time and people are mad.”
Social Security was another subject Nevadan’s were concerned about since Senator Reid’s opponent Sharron Angle wants to put Social Security in the hands of Wall Street. President Clinton acknowledged baby boomers are the largest group to receive Social Security including himself as a baby boomer, but said “when the baby boomers move through the system it will be fine”. The baby boomers are not expected to need the benefits more than 18 years.
President Clinton said he was “preaching to the saved” with only invited democrats in the room. Even three Los Angeles Lakers attended and sat on stage during the entire event. Democratic Representative Dina Titus also attended, sat in the front row, and benefited from President Clinton’s visit, by being introduced during the rally. Rep. Titus is also running a tight race against her Republican opponent Dr. Joe Heck.
The rally started at about 9:00PM PST, but the crowd started leaving before the rally ended. Former President Clinton acknowledged their departure by stating, “I’m assuming you are going to vote.” There is concern among many of the incumbent Democrats that with the high unemployment rate and weak economy voter turnout will be light. A visit by President Obama is expected next week to help Senator Reid with his campaign, and the visit will also be a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. Details of his visit are not disclosed at this time.
Brenda Hyatt – WorldNewsVine Las Vegas