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Michelle Obama to rally supporters for president in Henderson

Michelle Obama will rally hundreds of supporters at the Henderson Convention Center on Tuesday, revving up President Barack Obama’s re-election drive in must-win Nevada.

The public is invited to the afternoon event, which comes less than two weeks since the president visited the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for a campaign-style rally to fire up young voters.

“The first lady will speak about what’s at stake in this election for Nevadans, encourage supporters to register to vote and volunteer for the campaign, and thank volunteers for their hard work to help re-elect President Obama in November,” the campaign said Thursday in releasing visit details.

Free tickets to attend the first lady’s rally will be available starting at 11 a.m. Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis, campaign officials said. Tickets can be picked up at the campaign’s Organizing for America office at 1720 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 120, in Henderson.

Doors open for the Tuesday event at 2:30 p.m., and she starts speaking at 4 p.m.

The Henderson Convention Center can accommodate up to 1,000 people.

The first lady is becoming a regular visitor to Southern Nevada this election year. She campaigned for her husband in Las Vegas most recently on May 1 and spoke to campaign donors.

Next week, her Henderson stop will come during a swing through several western states.

On Sunday, she will deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University.

And after her Nevada stop, the first lady plans to hold two campaign rallies Wednesday in Colorado, which like Nevada is a swing state key to the president’s re-election strategy.

Ahead of the first lady’s visit, Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential campaign on Thursday began running TV ads in Nevada attacking the president for saying last week “the private sector’s doing fine.”

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 11.7 percent and has yet to recover tens of thousands of jobs lost since the recession hit before Obama took office.

“How can President Obama fix our economy if he doesn’t understand it’s broken?” the ad tagline said.

The Obama campaign has attacked Romney for suggesting there are too many public sector jobs, including teachers, firefighters and cops who also have suffered layoffs.

The Obama campaign also is airing TV ads in Nevada that slam Romney’s record when he was governor of Massachusetts and the state was ranked 47th in the nation in job creation.

Although the president is dispatching the first lady to Nevada next week, Obama has been a frequent visitor to the 2012 battleground state, too. He has made at least three stops this year and 10 since he won the White House in 2008 with Nevada’s help.

Contact reporter Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2919. Follow her on Twitter @lmyerslvrj.

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