The PJ Tatler

Obama Message in Vegas: Win Nevada, Win Re-Election

On his second day of campaigning in the Silver State, President Obama told a crowd at a high school in Las Vegas that he’d win Nevada and win a second term in the White House.

Obama held a roundtable discussion with three teachers — days after calling on Congress to direct $25 billion toward preventing teacher layoffs — and said afteward, “This election in November is going to help determine whether or not we are going to be able to provide those teachers the help that they need to help more kids.”

“We win Nevada, we’ll win this contest,” he predicted.

In Reno yesterday, Obama lauded Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as “a dear friend, a great friend of working people not just here Nevada but all across the country.”

Like the high school speech, the president focused the event at Truckee Meadows Community College on education. “Look, a few months ago, Governor Romney told a crowd of young people, just like you, that if you want to be successful, if you want to go to college or you want to start a business, then you can just — and I’m quoting here — ‘borrow money if you have to from your parents,'” Obama said. “Harry, did your parents have a whole bunch of money to lend you?”

“They know gutting education to pay for a massive new tax cut for millionaires and billionaires is not going to sell,” he added, tying the topic to his push to extend the Bush-era tax cuts only for lower- and middle-income brackets. “So since they can’t advertise their plan, they’re going to bet on the fact that you get discouraged, that you get cynical, that you decide your vote doesn’t matter.”

He pitched the Democratic National Committee’s gottaregister.org site, which notes to users that non-citizens can’t vote but can still volunteer.

“We will win Nevada. We will win this election,” Obama said. “We’ll finish what we started, and remind the world why the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth.”

He is currently up 4.2 points over Mitt Romney in the Real Clear Politics polling average.

Obama then took off for New York City for the 2012 Obama Classic dinner with former and current professional basketball players, including Michael Jordan. Tickets are $20,000 per person.