Obama arrives for events tonight at Aria, economic speech tomorrow at UNLV

Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, touched down at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at McCarran International Airport.

After a short taxi, the president emerged from the jumbo jet and descended the stairs. At the bottom he met Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller.

After exchanging a few words with each, Obama got into his presidential limousine, which drove away near the front of a convoy including Secret Service SUVs and vans for White House staffers.

Later tonight, Obama will rally 3,000 supporters at the Aria hotel-casino and raise money for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s re-election campaign. Obama also will speak Friday morning to several hundred invited guests at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, about his plans to turn around the dismal economy.

The president flew to Las Vegas from Kansas City, where he spoke at a fundraiser for Missouri Democratic Senate hopeful Robin Carnahan. During his speech, Obama cast upcoming elections as a choice between the party that caused the economic meltdown and the one that’s fixing it, seizing on a populist, sharply partisan theme for the critical November midterms.

"We don’t have to guess how the other party will govern because we’re still living with the results from the last time they governed," Obama said in Kansas City. "It’s a choice between falling backward and moving forward."

Obama is expected to repeat the same theme at Thursday’s fundraiser for Reid. Reid trails Republican Sharron Angle in the polls in his bid for a fifth term.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Brian Haynes at bhaynes@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0281.

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