Clinton Stumps in Nevada

Former President Bill Clinton is back in Nevada to stump in the campaign battleground state for President Barack Obama and local Democratic candidates. The former president spoke at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas about choices in the presidential election between Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley and congressional candidates John Oceguera and Steven Horsford are took part in the rally. His visit comes 11 days before the start of early voting in Nevada.

Later the former president implored California university students to vote for Democrats this November, acting in what he says are their own best interests. Clinton rallied about 5,000 enthusiastic students and supporters at the University of California, Davis, saying he wanted to offer a “fact check” he says was missing from last week’s presidential debate.

He appeared with four California congressional candidates in newly competitive seats: incumbent Reps. John Garamendi and Jerry McNerney, and Democrats Ami Bera and Jose Hernandez, who are vying to unseat incumbent GOP congressmen in the Sacramento area.

Clinton said Republicans failed at their number one goal of keeping unemployment above 8 percent.

Mitt Romney’s son Craig is hitting the campaign trail in northern Nevada for his dad. The Romney-Ryan campaign bus made stops in Fernley, Fallon, Gardnerville and Reno. His last stop in Nevada was September 28th, when he visited to open the campaign’s new east Las Vegas office.

Both candidates are concentrating on nine of the 50 states including Nevada. Some 93 percent of the $746 million spent so far on campaign ads has poured into the so-called battleground states, which include less than a quarter of the nation’s voters.

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval says he won’t decide whether expanding Medicaid eligibility as called for under the federal health care reform law will be part of his budget proposal until after the November election and state revenue projections in December. The governor said his administration is still awaiting guidance from the federal government on various aspects of the law.

Sandoval has told state agencies to prepare “flat” budgets for the upcoming biennium, in part because of anticipated costs associated with the health care reform law. Agency budget requests to be submitted this week.

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