Published Monday, June 4, 2012 | 3:58 p.m.
Updated Monday, June 4, 2012 | 9:05 p.m.
President Barack Obama is set to visit Las Vegas Thursday, and the lunch-hour event on UNLV’s main campus will be open to the public.
The White House said tickets to the event, scheduled for 12:50 p.m. Thursday at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion, are free. Tickets will be distributed to university and college students, faculty and staff in the Las Vegas area from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Cox Pavilion Box Office, located in the breezeway on the ground level between the Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center. General public tickets will be distributed from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. One ticket per person will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is limited space, and additional tickets for students and the general public will be available from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cox Pavilion Box Office, the White House said.
It is not clear yet if the president will address any particular topic during the event Thursday. Doors to the event are scheduled to open at 10 a.m.
The president was last at the university in July 2010, when he made a stop to support U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign.
This will be Obama’s third trip to the Las Vegas Valley this year. The president is running for re-election this fall against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. During visits in January and March, Obama promoted his administration’s energy policies.
In May, first lady Michelle Obama was in Las Vegas for a campaign fundraiser.
Romney was in Las Vegas on May 29 for a fundraiser and campaign stop.
Nevada has been dubbed a "swing state" by political observers who see the Silver State key to winning the White House in November.