June 15th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
5 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. Slick William

    Yeah that's the ticket for an assured loss!

    June 15, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Karl in Charleston,SC

    More important than the Gulf, unemployment and out troops in combat, getting Reid re elected, eh, Mr. President.

    June 15, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. TJINLV

    NEVADA WELCOMES PRESIDENT OBAMA !!!
    Harry Reid is great for Nevada. He has brought new jobs and kept a lot of jobs in the State. The construction business is slowing coming back. We need to start producing the wind turbines and solar panels in this state. There is plenty of room for those factories here and people to do the work. Go HR! You've got the President's ear.

    June 15, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Polls suggest that the four-term Nevada Democrat faces a tough road to re-election this year.
    ______________________________________________________
    With all of the back-room deals with special interests, Democratic Senator buy-offs and abuse of the American system of legislative procedure to implement completely partisan programs, Harry Reid made possible the lowest point Washington politics have ever sunk to. Yeah, Obama's all about cleaning up Washington politics. At least that's what he said in a bunch of speeches.

    June 15, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. mj

    That should seal Reid's fate! Bye Bye!

    June 15, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. gt

    campaigner in chief,,,you bet he can raise money ,, but he cant get our troops home , he cant get the economy going ,and he cant get the oil disaster fix,,, but you bet he will campaign like a rock star,,,reid is old . mean , tired and been there to long,,, save your time and get to work ,,

    June 15, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Steve- Illinois

    Yessssssssss!!!!!! This is a good thing!! With any luck at all, the President will make another disparaging remark about Vegas while he's there! Reid needs to go!!! He's just another career politician who has had 24 years to get us in the mess we are in today!

    June 15, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Eric

    Hey great! Maybe Barry can help Harry, like he helped the candidates in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts!

    You're doing a heck of a job, Barry! Oh-for-three!
    Your endorsement is a torpedo for a politician's career!
    Please, please, please, please campaign for Harry Reid!

    June 15, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Haze

    Reid is a disaster and I can see an effective leader and successful President like Clinton campaigning for him. But Obama has tanked the first 18 months in office as a leader and as poorly as Reid has done it would be wise to stay away from our current President. Obama's incompetence is going to hurt Reid.

    June 15, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    So far, everyone Obama has tried to "help" has subsequently lost. This isn't surprising: only 45% of American voters like Obama at all and only 24% like him a lot. (Only about 20% like Harry and only 5% like Harry a lot.)

    Bye-bye, Harry.

    June 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Padraig

    If I was Harry, I would ask him to stay away. His track record on getting incumbents to remain in office is not good.

    June 15, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Simon/Orlando

    With Obama's track record of helping candidates we can finally say goodbye to Harry.

    June 15, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Bruce

    Well that pretty much guarantees a win for the Republicans. LOL

    June 15, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Pruitt Holcombe

    Doesn't he have anything better to do right now? How about.....handling the worst ecological disaster our nation has ever faced? And he wonders why people are angry with him over this issue. He's more concerned with his wingman staying in the Senate than the millions of Gulf animals that are dying and the thousands of citizens who's livelihoods are threatened.

    June 15, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. andy

    Harry Reid is a liberal living in his on warped fantasy world. He needs to be booted out of office and go back doing whatever someone that liberal does. Probably siting on the porch in a rocking chair and blame Bush for Obamas problems.

    June 15, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Sue

    This is funny. Based on polls--the majority in Nevada do not like Reid, and they definitely do not like Obama.

    Obama is not going to help Reid in any way--it might actually make it worse for Reid--just like in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New Jersey.

    June 15, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Johnny DC

    It's a quiet year – not too much going on. I don't think it's outrageous for him to plan multiple cross-country trips for campaign purposes.

    June 15, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Jim

    Awesome! Make sure you doom another drowing Democrat!

    June 15, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Reid should go the way of useless relics.

    June 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. Dale

    I truely hope the American people are smart enough to remember Reid saying they don't know what's good for them so he'll make the decisions.
    That act should have been enough to recall him. No matter what party your in we cannot have people like that in our government.

    June 15, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. gregoire

    Taxpayer money well spent.... I'm sure.

    June 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. SocialismBad

    GREAT NEWS! The Obozo campaign kiss of death! It only PROVES Harry Reid is a clueless buffoon. The only thing he has "lead" is the financial ruin of this country. Good riddance!

    June 15, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Truth

    Having Obama support Reid should be the final nail in his coffin. The guy is a walking disaster... actually they both are.

    June 15, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Blaum

    LOL!!!!!!

    Reid is gone..... Obama is the exact wrong person to help him....

    June 15, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are hiding behind women "skirt tails" because they aren't men enough to come out of the closet in their own political fight.

    June 15, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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