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Democrats play their ace in the hole — Obama

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Volunteer Rachel Sorensen, 21, of Boston prepares signs for the rally with President Obama at Orr Middle School in Las Vegas Thursday, October 21, 2010.

Preparing for the President

volunteers prepare signs for the rally with President Obama at Orr Middle School in Las Vegas Thursday, October 21, 2010. Launch slideshow »

The message President Barack Obama will bring to Las Vegas today has been the Democrats’ battle cry this election season. He will try to convince voters the party has their best interest in mind, highlight its efforts to turn around the economy and plead for voters’ help in moving its policies forward, reminding them what’s at stake.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus, both locked in tough re-election fights, have recited those talking points for months. Now, they turn to the party’s motivator in chief to deliver their closing argument.

Democrats hope Obama — who rallied unprecedented support in 2008 and despite his fading approval ratings still draws an impressive crowd — can make the message stick.

“He does as good a job as anybody we have to energize the base,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said. “The strength of the field game will be the tipping point in these races, and President Obama’s rally will be a great motivator in getting people out to vote.”

Obama will speak this afternoon to a crowd expected to be in the thousands at Orr Middle School, 1562 E. Katie Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 4:30 p.m.; doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Recent Obama rallies in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio were followed by an increase in Democratic enthusiasm, especially among minority voters.

That could be key in Nevada. Republican Sharron Angle’s comments about Hispanics and illegal immigrants, and her failure to denounce an ad that encouraged Hispanics to sit out the election, have been points of contention in the Senate race.

Obama’s campaign stops have boosted Democratic candidates in the polls and sparked a surge in early voting. Today, he will direct those who attend the rally to a polling place across the street.

Democrats hope Obama can help bridge the perceived enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats.

Democrats have struggled with waning support from a frustrated and unengaged base. Compounding their troubles is the fact that midterm elections are typically difficult for the party in power, the economy is stagnant and people are dissatisfied with what they see as a lack of progress in Congress on key issues such as the deficit and immigration.

At the heart of the GOP’s zeal is the Tea Party movement, which has attracted voters angry about a government they say has grown too big, too intrusive and too expensive. Candidates such as Angle, Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell and Kentucky’s Rand Paul have made significant headway riding the Tea Party wave, which is in some ways redefining the Republican Party.

Vice President Joe Biden, in Reno on Wednesday, argued that voters must defeat the Tea Party candidates because they would make it “more difficult to govern.”

Although it’s unclear whether Obama will refer to the Tea Party in his Las Vegas speech, he will likely tell Las Vegans something similar to what he told a crowd Thursday in Seattle: “We need you fired up.”

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  1. And they're going to hear a con-man (the President)deliver a speech to enhance his Socialist agenda. Like one holding up a Rolex watch with Timex movements. Sad! I'm neither Democrat nor Republican for those who wish to rebut this.

  2. Good news; bad news! The good: November 2 is just around the corner and the country will shift back towards sanity. The bad: 2012 is 2 years away so we're stuck with Osama Obama 'til then.

  3. What he needs to do is go to each Casino . Go to the ATM pull a $100.00 play craps red or black cash plays. this is how he has been running our Country, but it maybe different with his on cash. And he can't leave till all casinos have been played. that is his fine for what He and Reid have doing to Nevada.

  4. Oh look, the brainwashed are making signs.

  5. Welcome to Nevada, President Obama!!!

    You Haters are astounding in your ignorance of the facts, and your inability to recognize reality.

    Let's see...
    Harry Reid get's the President.
    AngleJuice get's Newt Gingrinch.

    Hmmmm...
    What's best for Nevada;
    Angle's ability to bring in the hateful, lying propagandist Uncle Newtie...
    -OR-
    Harry Reid working on a daily basis with The President to the benefit of REAL NEVADANS....
    Hmmmm...

  6. I have Democrats living on both sides of me. Both are drawing extended unemployment compensation and food stamps and both have turned down jobs because of this government hand out. It's no wonder they are supporting Obama. Nuff said.

  7. As a foreigner, I have been extremely disappointed in President Obama.
    He was a great orator when we didn't really know him.
    Now, however, almost two years later, he has proven himself in my opinion to be just a speaker, and does not have the ability to accomplish real and detailed improvements in America.
    His Health Care Reform Bill dropped the public option, which resulted in a flawed, almost useless, piece of compromise legislation.
    He has done nothing that I can see to improve the foreclosure process in America.
    Perhaps the problems left by George W. Bush are just too complex to repair.
    In any event, if President Obama were my "ace in the hole", I would just fold and forfeit my bet.

  8. "LMAO. Obama is one of the most hated people in this nation."

    You see, it's just this kind of anti-American, silly "untruth" that the Haters dig...
    It's a mindset; Negative to the NTH, and hate-filled. That's your Republican party.

    Further mindless, anti-American, Neo-Nut ranting:

    "I have Democrats living on both sides of me. Both are drawing extended unemployment compensation and food stamps and both have turned down jobs because of this government hand out. It's no wonder they are supporting Obama. Nuff said."

    Talk about Idiotic.
    Right out of the Rove/Gingrich/Rush Book Of Hatespeak...
    "Hate on your own NEIGHBORS! They're UNEMPLOYED!"

    SHAME.

  9. I pray some day they'll find a cure for the "It's all about the Party" syndrom and focus more on the Country.

  10. Steve,
    Why don't you get us started...
    Retract your little "story" about your "Democrat" neighbors, because that's just SICK.

  11. Ace in the hole?

    From:

    Dreams of My Father: "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

    Dreams of My Father : "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

    Dreams of My Father: "There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white."

    Dreams of My Father: "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

    Dreams of My Father: "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

    And most scary:
    From Audacity of Hope:
    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    Consider his life associations, his stated goals, his religious activities, his statements about the U.S. Constitution and so much more and then consider that Harry Reid has been a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda and stood shoulder to shoulder with our admitted socialist Speaker of the House Pelosi and one has to wonder... Ace in the Hole?

    Ace in the Hole? Is so, Reid and the Dems are welcome to him. Personally I'd rather stick my hand in boiling water than claim him as my example of national leadership and a reason to support me.

  12. JenniferOnLine, those who have no leg to stand on, leans on names. Consider the sources. It's all out of desperation and hysteria.

  13. There are many "GOOD" Democrats also. The smart and perceptive ones know they've been dupped.

  14. File under 'Who Knew?' -- Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, in a heated battle with Republican challenger Sharron Angle, says his constituents are 'too far down the economic food chain' to realize that 'but for me we'd be in a worldwide depression'

  15. Had a business meeting yesterday with a long time associate who has been a republican in Nevada for 35 plus years and when I asked her who she was voting for she said "Ron between you and me I must do whats best for our state and our country, I'm going to vote for Harry Reid".

  16. Talk about the "kettle calling the pot black." gmag39 spews vitrol & name-calls on a daily basis, then admonishes steve7952 for airing his opinions. I recall George W being called far worse things than Osama Obama by the leftists. That's the price of a being a republic where free speech is meant for everybody unless, of course, you're Juan Williams.

  17. This has been an interesting forum and debate. I see anxiety on one end and desperation on the other. Why don't we all do something really original? Vote with our conscience without Party influence. What a concept. Huh?

  18. Dale, congratulations! you've succeeded in taking a bunch of quotes from Obama's books out of context and using them to further racist propaganda. You're a "true" American.

  19. Let's see, when Republicans point out things they don't like about what Democrats are doing, it's "hate and fear", but when Democrats point out what they don't like about Republicans it's "energizing the base."

    It all smells the same to me.

  20. It would be interesting to have Obama read the comments on this story and get his reaction to them. Is this the "base" that he stands for? Is this what he wants to condone and encourage?

  21. All schools and government employees should be given the day off in honor of our President.

    The teaparty people should be placed under "preventive detention" - if it was good for Ed Meese it should be good for Eric Holder.

  22. Welcome back, airweare! Some of us have missed you're (possibly stoned) input on some of our discussions. :)

  23. In the hole alright. Nicely said.