Obama to Hold Events With Reid in Nevada

Posted February 12, 2010 at 1:54pm

President Barack Obama will head to Nevada next week to hold events with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), whose popularity back home continues to lag in the months leading up to his re-election contest.

Obama will be in Las Vegas on Friday to host events with Reid that “include discussions with citizens and business leaders about working together to address … the economic challenges facing Nevada and the rest of America,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday.

Gibbs said he didn’t know whether the events were fundraisers. But the public appearances with Obama can only help Reid: Public polls have shown that a smattering of GOP challengers — former state Sen. Sue Lowden, Las Vegas real estate developer Danny Tarkanian and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle — all lead Reid in hypothetical matchups. Reid, who has $8.7 million in his campaign war chest, is considered one of the Senate Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents this cycle.

Before hitting Nevada, Obama will also travel to Denver on Thursday to deliver remarks at an event for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who also faces a tough re-election campaign.