Obama schedules rescue mission to Las Vegas

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will make his third trip to Las Vegas this year in a bid to rescue embattled Democratic candidates at a pre-election rally on Oct. 22, state party figures said Thursday.

The president’s appearance will be tied to a major “get out the vote” effort as Democrats seek to shore up support for Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Dina Titus, who are locked in tight re-election races for federal office. The event will take place during the early voting period in the state, and less than two weeks before Election Day.

A Democratic official said it was not yet known where the Las Vegas event will be held or how long the president planned to be in Southern Nevada. CityCenter was a venue the past two times Obama was in the city.

Obama will be traveling to several swing states in the fall, according to the Democratic National Committee. He plans to host rallies in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 28; Philadelphia on Oct 10; and Ohio on Oct.17.

Obama was in Las Vegas and appeared with Reid, the Senate majority leader, during a July 8-9 visit and earlier on Feb. 17-18. He also was in Las Vegas on May 26-27, 2009.

Steve Tetreault/Stephens Washington Bureau

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