May 26th, 2009
05:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama set for high-profile Vegas fundraiser

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama will be in Las Vegas Tuesday to headline a fundraising event for Harry Reid."](CNN) - President Obama is set for a night out in Las Vegas Tuesday, but his latest foray to the city of lights is entirely business related.

The president is slated to headline a fundraising event at Caesar's Palace for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat whose approval ratings back home have sunk below 40 percent as his re-election campaign gears up.

The star-studded event, set to raise at least $1 million for Reid's campaign coffers, will take place in Caesar's Coliseum - the 4,000 seat auditorium where singer Bette Midler regularly performs.

A Reid spokesman tells CNN that Midler is among the entertainers on hand for the evening, as well as Vegas performer Clint Holmes, comedienne Rita Rudner, and singers Sheryl Crow and Rachel Yamagata.

The fundraiser, during which Reid and Obama will speak, couldn't come at a better time for the Senate's top Democrat, who is considered among the most vulnerable in the chamber despite the fact Republicans are still scrambling to find a serious opponent to challenge him.

Despite the lack of official opposition, a Mason-Dixon survey released earlier this month suggests only about a third of Nevada's voters would vote to re-elect Reid to a fifth Senate term, while 45 percent said they would definitely vote for another candidate.

Meanwhile, conservative political action committee Our Country Deserves Better is already gunning to capitalize on Reid's sagging poll numbers, launching what they call a "a television, radio, and Internet advertising blitz throughout the state of Nevada reminding voters that Harry Reid has stiffed taxpayers with huge government bailouts and wasteful pork-barrel spending."

The conservative PAC said it would spend over $100,000 in its initial ad campaign, and pledged to dish out over $1 million between now and the November 2010 midterm elections.

"Republicans were successful in defeating Sen. Reid's predecessor, Tom Daschle, in 2004," said CNN Political Editor Mark Preston. "They have now focusing their efforts on trying to defeat another Democratic leader in the next election."

Obama plans to remain in Nevada Wednesday for a visit to Nellis Air Force Base for a tour of the facility's solar electric plant, the largest in North America. The president then heads to Beverly Hills for a pair of fundraisers sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

–CNN's Ed Henry, Shawna Shepherd and Mark Preston contributed to this report

Filed under: Harry Reid • President Obama
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    He better be careful.That Republican Gov will waterboard him before he knows what is happening.

    May 26, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. alvino

    I cannot imagine Nevadans supporting another candidate from the party of "NO!", when they already have one of the most clueless republican senators in Washington.

    May 26, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. tell it like it is

    So change is not getting the best candidate in office to help the people. It is the same ole same ole get a democrat of power even if he is an idiot.

    This is change we can count on?????

    I do not care if we elect a democrat or a republican, although I would prefer a republican, but overall I just would prefer whoever it is, it is not a person who could care less about the people and more about themselves.

    May 26, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Tate

    At what cost to the taxpayer? How much in green house gas to fly and drive to Vegas. I guess it is Ok for obama to go to vegas but not anybody in corporate america. How close are we to dictatorship.

    May 26, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. John in Ohio

    Reid needs a bailout for Obama. I'm on Obama's team, but I think we should just let Reid sink. Even without him we'd have a majority.

    May 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Elliebee

    President Obama is the truly remarkable. He's got the intelligence, the integrity and he's so very claming and charismatic. I'm sure he'll be the hottest ticket in Las Vegas!

    I know I would PAY to hear him speak or just be in the same room with President Obama. I knows there are those of balk and "hate" on him, but I don't care about those "haters". I would love the opportunity to see the man up close and personal. It would be historic and something I would remember for the rest of my life.

    May 26, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Chi Town

    Hope he doesn't bow to Cher!

    May 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Melissa

    He never said "don't go spend money in vegas", he said "don't spend taxpayer money in vegas". If people want to blow their whole official paycheck on gambling, then they can go ahead and do it.

    Republicans have selective memories.

    May 26, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Really!?

    I thought we should not be using tax payer dollars and jets to head to meetings in Las Vegas? Oh that was companies indebted to the US government, what about the indebted US government! Wake Up people!

    May 26, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Laverne

    @ Tate: that is such an ignorant statement. If you want dictatorship, you should go to N. Korea, Iran or one of those countries and I guantee you President Obama will all of a sudden seem like a kitten to you. Obviously, you don't know what dictatorship is really all about!

    May 26, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. fools, fooled by obama

    i just love that the governor of Nevada refused to have a photo-op with the messiah at the airport after his statements about Las Vegas. Reid is in trouble and even the king has to help him.

    May 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Marinn Pepitone

    I definately hope Reid doesn't win re-election to the senate. He needs to retire from politics along with Nancy Pelosi. It would be nice to see a republican congress back again because this has been the worst democratic congress and senate in this country's history. Between people in Obama's administration not paying their taxes and Nancy Pelosi not telling the truth about waterboarding what else will make news for the democrats.

    May 26, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Lisa in Shelton CT

    Reid needs all the help he can get. Money and hobnobbing may not be enough to overcome some of Reid's very questionable stances on important issues. Avoiding scandals while in Sin city might be a small start.

    May 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Fundraiser and thief

    Maybe a magician will do us a favor and make him disappear.

    Hillary would have been better than this fraud in chief.

    Next weekly rookie mistake came today as he picks a sexist bigot who hates white men, good job Barry.

    Between your lack of vetting tax cheats, you pick someone who the media can find so much stuff on, that it will handcuff you for another month while Rome burns.

    Reid is a moron as is Pelosi and even a Liberal with half a working cerebrum would know that, but many of you don't even have half going for you.

    One and done rookie.

    May 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Tom Eyemdaman

    At least the people of Nevada are waking up to the incompetence in our current congressional leadership.

    May 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Marinn Pepitone

    Elliebee: You sound like you are in love with him and what else would you like to do besides stand next to him. The taxpayers can spend their money how they choose. Its not coming out of his pocket. And you should take a plane to Vegas. Maybe you'll bump into him there at the dice table.

    May 26, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. ArtNYC

    I thought we weren't supposed to spend tax payer money in Vegas. Why is he and his whole entourage going there?

    May 26, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. munchmom

    And how much is this unnecessary cross-country junket going to cost US the taxpayers????

    May 26, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. peter

    Obama and Reid should thank this Republican Governor for not showing up to meet Obama because the news cast would be crazy reporting their ignorances as usual. I am glad this governor respect the whole nine yard rules of the game when it come to what should be done and what not is important. This is just nonesense because no matter Reps will do Reid will still hold his seat when all the dists settled in 2010.

    Obama/Clinton 2012.

    May 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Once You Vote Black

    If that dirty states knows what best for them they better treat Obama with some respect. If he tells people not to go there that place is doomed. This could be a boom for Atlanic City which has 3 times the black population as NV.

    May 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. bj

    Tell it like it is – PLEASE When you try to make an intelligent comment, make one. It is not "could care less" about something, it is COULDN'T CARE LESS!! Think about it!

    May 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Marinn Pepitone

    Instead of going to Vegas to support Reid Obama should be in the White House paying more attention to the activities of Iran and its Nuclear Power. Why didn't Reid's pal Nancy Pelosi go to Vegas instead of Obama. It appears Obama doesn't care about what's important only that a democrat gets re-elected. Obama talked about changing Washington politics but chose former president Clinton's administration and a few new members. This new pick for the suprem court is because Obama wants to make sure he has the Hispanic vote in 2012 not because she is qualified. Judge Wood was a qualified applicant also but she is white.

    May 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. peter

    Obama and Reid should thank this Republican Governor for not showing up to meet Obama because the news cast would be crazy reporting their ignorances as usual. I am glad this governor respect the whole nine yard rules of the game when it come to what should be done and what not is important. This is just nonesense because no matter Reps will do Reid will still hold his seat when all the dusts settled in 2010.

    May 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. ken

    So he can fly to Las Vegas on a tax payer funded flight but business people can't? Fundraiser? What does he think business people are doing there?

    May 26, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Our Governor Jim Gibbons is a bloody idiot.

    During the presidential campaign, then Senator Obama came many times to Las Vegas. Not too crazy about Mr. Reid, but I'm going to his fundraiser just to see MY President!!!!

    May 26, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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