June 15th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to head back to Nevada to help Reid

President Obama will campaign next month in Nevada with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
President Obama will campaign next month in Nevada with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will campaign with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid early next month in Nevada, two Democratic sources confirm to CNN.

Polls suggest that the four-term Nevada Democrat faces a tough road to re-election this year. He's being challeneged by Republican Sharron Angle. The former state lawmaker, once considered a long shot for the Nevada GOP Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last week's primary thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group.

The trip will be the second time this year that the president has traveled to Nevada to team up with Reid. Obama and Reid joined forces at three events in Las Vegas in February, including a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

In May of last year, the president headlined a fundraiser for Reid that was held at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas.

Last week former President Bill Clinton spoke in behalf of Reid at an event in Las Vegas and recently first lady Michelle Obama joined forces with Reid in both Reno and Las Vegas.

Word of the president's trip next month to Nevada was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The White House is not commenting on reports of the trip.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET with statement from RNC:

"President Obama's jaunts to Nevada have had no effect on Harry Reid's floundering campaign," RNC Spokesman Jahan Wilcox tells CNN. "Despite all of the presidential hubbub the fact is nobody has done more to contribute to Nevada's 13.7 percent unemployment rate than Harry Reid."

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Well I am glad to hear that!! Anytime Obama tries to help a candidate it does nothing but hurt. That's not to say incompetent Harry Reid has a change WITHOUT Obama but WITH Obama that is certain defeat. If I was Harry I would say "thank you but no thank you" and RUN as far away from Obama as possible. That's the only change Harry has!!

    June 15, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Obozo's Recod Deficit + Higher Taxes

    Yes OBOZO, come to Nevada to help Reid LOSE.

    This is perfect

    June 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Ron in California.

    I hope the voters send Harry home. Harry reid has severly damaged this country for decades to come. His chort Pelosi needs to be sent home as well.

    June 15, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. dg

    reid is out, just like obama in 2012

    June 15, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. David in Houston

    While Reid may not be the ideal candidate, the people of Nevada would have to be crazy to elect Angle to represent them...

    June 15, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Daniel

    I feel that a president, no matter what party, shouldn't be allowed to campaign for others during the time in office. The president was elected to do the job of running the country not helping others with elections. It has been a huge waste of taxpayer money over the last few decades.

    June 15, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. rob

    Reid and the Dems are going to throw everything they have at Angle. They are going to try to destroy her with the help of the OLD Media like CNN, who in a story here on the Ticker is screaming about an incident that happened years ago that the NYT "Dug Up" for no other reason than to smear her.

    Harry Reid is the most partisan and imbecilic Senate Leader I have ever seen, but the OLD Media powers will print or repeat whatever comes out of Reid's campaign and not "Dig Up" anything that might hurt him.

    Let the games begin, but this time with the help of the "New" Media and "Fair and Ballanced" reporting on other news outlets Reid will be defeated as he richly deserves.

    June 15, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. all the news that's fit to omit

    Good, that will guarantee that Harry the hat will lose.

    I can see November from my house Barry, please take time from golfing to do what you do best, get REPUBLICANS elected.....

    June 15, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Robin

    Wow. If I was Harry Reid, I would say, "thanks but no thanks."

    Every person Obama has endorsed has lost.

    June 15, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Slider

    I'm glad Obama is heading to Nevada to help Reid.

    Think about it.

    The two men most responsible for the rise of the tea party in that state are going to hug each other on stage.

    Yeah. That'll go over well.

    June 15, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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