Former President Bill Clinton has been to Las Vegas before, but now it means even more. With less than 30 days until the election, he wasted no time bringing out the swords in this battleground state.
"Here's old, moderate Mitt," he said, remarking about last week's debate. "Where have you been, boy? I missed you these last two years."
For about 30 minutes, Clinton spoke to a crowd of just under 2,000 who obtained free tickets for the event. It was standing room only at the Springs Preserve, and the crowd was made up of mostly Barack Obama supporters.
"(Republican) policies which the current nominee wants to go back to created less than half as many private sector jobs as have been created in the last 32 months under President Obama," Clinton said as the crowd cheered.
Clinton has been a highly regarded speaker, especially in his recent address to the Democratic National Convention. During Tuesday's speech, the crowd hung on to every word.
"A lot of people listen and respect his opinions," said Vivian Roberts, who said she already supported Obama before Clinton's remarks.
"He's a big figure in the political community, so any kind of support he can give Obama helps," said attendee Mike Beemer.
Nevada is still a swing state where anything can happen over the next month. The campaigns are not taking any chances - and bringing out the big names.
"Even though it seemed the crowd was mostly Obama supporters, there still had to be some people on the fence, so I think that'll help," said attendee Paula Anderson.
Republicans, however, were none too impressed with the visit.
"Look, President Obama wishes he could run on Bill Clinton's record. He should be so lucky," said Mason Harrison, Nevada communications director for Mitt Romney.
Harrison added that his campaign won't be outworked by Obama's.
"We have two candidates with very different records and very different visions for this country," he said.
And that's something both parties can agree on.
"You are a picture of America's future," Clinton said as he closed his speech. "So, go out there and claim it on election day."
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid also spoke to the crowd before Clinton took the stage. It was also a chance to boost support for Nevada Democrats, including Shelley Berkley, Steven Horsford and John Oceguera.
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