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Obama, visiting Las Vegas today, makes up for lost time after storm hiatus


Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama, center, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Craig Fugate, left, watch as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second from left, meets with residents at Brigantine Beach Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Brigantine, N.J.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in managing the federal response to the storm that battered the East Coast. The contours of the presidential race remain much the same, with Obama and Republican Mitt Romney locked in a tight contest and both campaigns predicting victory.

The president's advisers insist his break from campaigning had minimal impact on his standing. If anything, it gave Obama a chance to offer the type of comfort and command in a crisis that only a president can deliver.

Still, the Democratic campaign is seeking to make up for the lost time with a heavy travel itinerary in the coming days, including rallies Thursday in Wisconsin, Nevada and Colorado.

The president is expected to address a campaign rally around 2 p.m. today at Cheyenne Sports Complex, 3500 East Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas. Doors are scheduled to open at 11:30 a.m.

Actress Eva Longoria and percussionist Sheila E. will join Obama at the rally.

Obama spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said that while the president remains focused on the storm recovery, "there is a reality of a political election happening in five days and he will return to the trail to make the case to the American people on why they should send him back for four more years."

The storm created headaches for Romney, diverting the public's attention away from the campaign as he was trying to build momentum. It also forced the Republican challenger to temper some of his harshest critiques of the president to avoid looking insensitive as people coped with the impact of Superstorm Sandy.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, takes the stage with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

The partisan sniping continued this week from the candidates' surrogates and their running mates. Much of it focused on Romney's new television and radio ads in critical Ohio suggesting automakers General Motors and Chrysler are adding jobs in China at the expense of workers in the Midwestern swing state. Vice President Joe Biden said the spots were among "the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember."

Obama's campaign planned to keep pressing its criticism of the ads as it seeks to block Romney's prospects for a breakthrough in Ohio, a state every Republican has needed to win the presidency.

The Republican ticket hasn't backed away from the ad. Running mate Paul Ryan said in a statement, "American taxpayers are on track to lose $25 billion as a result of President Obama's handling of the auto bailout, and GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas."

In fact, Chrysler is adding 1,100 jobs to its plant in Toledo. It's also adding production facilities in China as demand for cars there grows. Because of trade rules, it's easier for companies to build cars for the Chinese market in China. It's also more efficient. Japanese automakers, for example, have plants in the U.S. to meet American demand.

Romney was campaigning Thursday in Virginia, while Ryan was appearing at events in Nevada and Colorado.

Ahead of campaign events in Virginia, Romney released a Web video highlighting a decades-old barbecue chain in Richmond that's shutting its doors. "When President Obama took office there was a lot of hope that things were going to change. Well, he didn't change anything," a woman connected to the business says in the video.

Biden had two events scheduled in Iowa. Obama was starting his day in Green Bay, Wis., making up an event that was canceled earlier in the week because of the storm. He had a rally planned later in Las Vegas, as well as an event in Boulder, Colo., a heavily Democratic area.

Aides said Obama planned to mention the storm victims in his remarks.

More than 19 million people have already voted in the presidential election, either by mail or in person. No votes will be counted until Nov. 6, but some key states are releasing the party affiliation of those who have voted.

Democrats have an edge in votes cast in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio. Republicans have an advantage in Colorado.

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  1. No time to do his job... Back to doing the only thing he does well.

  2. Republican Gov. Christie of Obama: "He means what he says."

    Now, if I can say the same of Romney....

  3. In Vegas AGAIN!!!.

    How many times do we need to put up with the impact of his trips here. For a place he was so adamant about NOT spending money at about 3 years ago, he continues to come back (like a bad cold). I figure each one of these trips (with Air Force One and crew and security escorts has to be costing us - the taxpayers) at least a million each trip. I guess he will just give China a ringy-dingy and borrow a few billion more to cover it. Romney might be a ruthless venture capitalist, but he is a business man first, and we need a business man and not a glad-handing politician in office.

  4. Strike while the iron is hot, red hot! Make your case Mr. President, make your case!

    Be direct, tell the people the truth, be the President and you will win and serve four more years, as our President.

    My numbers have you at winning by 6 to 8 points.

  5. The real poll will be on November 6th and not those fake polls from NBC/MSNBC, CBS/NYTIMES, Pew, Quinnipiac, who have oversampled Democrats 7-10%. If you look at the internals it is easy to see. So if you think those lines were long at Chic-fil-lay appreciation day, with conservative Americans showing their support, wait for November 6th 2012, the day they kick Obama and all his socialist czars out of office. They're going to have to extend the hours for voting because they'll be coming in droves to finally put a nail into the coffin of the worst president in the history of America!

  6. 43 months of unemployment above 8 percent, 8.2 million people working part-time who want full-time work, a record 88 million Americans not in the labor force, 1.5 percent GDP growth in the past quarter, more bad GDP numbers expected, a stagnant housing market, $5 trillion in new debt, the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating, 38 percent of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, 45 million Americans on food stamps, food prices continuing to increase dramatically, the poverty level likely to rise to the highest level in nearly fifty years The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.. " " and this means the plan "worked? The shine is off the Hope and Change, it's now just Hype and Blame, so you'll be going away come this November. Stop drinking that "Hopium laced Kool-Aid" You've been conned!

  7. Comment removed by moderator. Personal Attack

  8. @VegasGuy78 - when registering a trusted account the user has the option of not having their name associated with the account to other users, but a name must be given with the account to the LVSun when registering.

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    And to comment on Obama coming to Vegas so much....idk...his comment encouraging people not to come here a few years back, maybe he could suggest why they should come here to kiss and make up so to speak.

  9. Welcome again to Las Vegas, Mr. President. Four more years.

    Don't listen to the gaggle of right wingers that infect the comments sections of the Las Vegas Sun.

    They'd complain no matter what you do. Cure cancer and they'd complain you are outsourcing the Grim Reaper's job to China or something stupid like that.

  10. if after four more years nothing changes ColinFromLasVegas then it will still be the right's fault. Shoot I could write the headline now. All you Lefts and Rights are so predictable.

  11. @milt1007,

    Milt Cross, slow down. Take a breath, easy, easy.

    Now, all that you have mentioned can be traced back to the Bush Administration.

    Things are improving under the Obama administration.

    Stop hyper-ventilating. The fact all clear. Stay calm.

    This should help:
    President Obama wins re-election by 6 to 8 points.

  12. Obama come to town to do his usual damage to capitalism.... Tours are cancelled, jobs are idled and tourists inconvenienced because he has to land at McCarren for the photo ops, when a perfectly good Military base is 20 minutes away and would not create so much economic damage.

    And this is the "Jobs" president??