Romney will focus on jobs in North Las Vegas speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney expects to use a North Las Vegas trucking company on Tuesday as a backdrop to announce his plans to boost job and economic growth in the nation.

Romney's rollout will come before President Barack Obama lays out his own plan next week to deal with persistent unemployment as the struggling economy threatens his chances of re-election in 2012.

Nevada has the nation's highest jobless rate at 12.9 percent and the worst housing foreclosure crisis. Romney highlighted the problem in April by visiting a hard-hit North Las Vegas neighborhood.

Romney remains popular in Nevada after winning the GOP presidential caucuses here in 2008. A top finish in the Silver State's first 2012 vote in the West is part of his strategy to win the White House. Romney has made at least four trips this year to Nevada, including one for a fundraising drive.

On Tuesday, Romney will visit McCandless International Trucks Inc. in North Las Vegas, according to an invitation to supporters.

The midday speech is expected to focus on ways to boost private enterprise so that companies will gain enough confidence to begin hiring again without fear of higher taxes. No details were available.

The local truck dealership was founded four decades ago by John McCandless, a generous political contributor to Republican candidates and political action committees.

Last week, Romney, a former business executive, said his 25 years in the private sector have given him special insights into business growth. He said he could manage the economy better than Obama can. Critics have said the former Massachusetts governor's job creation record was poor.

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