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Obama campaigns, talks Sandy in NLV rally

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President Obama made his second campaign stop in the Las Vegas-area in eight days. President Obama made his second campaign stop in the Las Vegas-area in eight days.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

After several days off the campaign trail due to super-storm Sandy relief, President Barack Obama returned to southern Nevada Thursday, five days before Election Day.

Despite being in campaign mode, the president began his address at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in North Las Vegas offering his thoughts and prayers to those on the east coast affected by the super-storm.

He touched on the response of the disaster and how he vows to assist those in the storm with everything they need.

"They are struggling…the clean up will take some time," Obama said. "America will not forget them."

As he had during his tour of the devastation in New Jersey, he vowed the assistance given to those affected will not go through red tape and bureaucratic holds.

"Situations like that in the east coast are inspiring," Obama said, touching particularly on the help the government has given the Garden State and Gov. Chris Christie, R-NJ. "All the petty differences that consume us melt away."

As far as campaigning, the president echoed themes common in his speeches.

He talked about the differences his administration made in the four years he's been in office, citing tax cuts to small businesses and the middle class following the Great Recession.

"Al Qaida is decimated. Osama bin Laden is dead," Obama said of the country's war on terror.

As with speeches before, the president said the work to turn around the nation needs to continue.

"We knew from the beginning that our work would take more than one year or one term," Obama said.

He even took a jab at his opponent, Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

"We know what change looks like," Obama said. "And what the governor offers isn't change."

Obama's event Thursday afternoon came in the midst of a three-state campaign tour. He visited Green Bay, WI in the morning before heading to southern Nevada. He was slated for a similar grassroots event in Boulder, CO in the evening.

The president made a return to the area more than a week before he rallied thousands at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas.

The president's trip to the Silver State came on the same day Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, made a visit in Nevada as well.

Ryan spoke before supporters in rallies in Colorado and Reno. He was also slated to visit southern Nevada on Thursday.

Early voting ends on Friday in Nevada.

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