Vice President Joe Biden fired up the Clark County Democratic Party base Thursday, telling a Las Vegas audience of union workers and other supporters, "We win Nevada, we win the election."
It's Biden's second campaign stop in two days in Nevada, a swing state seen as key to capturing the White House in this year's presidential election. At a campaign rally Wednesday in Reno, Biden pleaded with supporters not only to vote early but to drag their family and friends with them to the polls.
After being introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Biden opened his Las Vegas appearance by reminding the crowd that early voting starts Saturday in Nevada, "so don't wait until Election Day to vote!"
Driving the early vote turnout is a key part of the Democrats' ground game. Four years ago, nearly 60 percent of voters turned out during the two-week early voting period prior to the election.
The vice president then launched into a 33-minute speech in which he reminded voters, "We have fundamentally different views on how to move the country forward" in this year's race between the president and GOP challenger Mitt Romney.
Biden then took on Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan, health care, equal pay for women and immigration, among others.
The audience at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas -- run by 4th Congressional District candidate Steven Horsford -- was filled with Culinary Union members clad in red shirts, middle-age and older adults. Prior to Biden's appearance, they were snapping to a smooth-swing version of "Got To Get You Into My Life." They greeted Biden with chants of "forty-seven percent," "four more years" and "si se puede" (yes, it can be done).
Organizers said there were 475 people in the audience, plus another 130 in an overflow area. Horsford, 1st Congressional District Democratic candidate Dina Titus and U.S. Senate hopeful Shelley Berkley were among those attending.
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