In Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Senator Marco Rubio was in the Silver State stumping for Senator Dean Heller. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday promoted U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s Senate campaign, telling supporters at a Las Vegas fundraiser that electing the Nevada Republican is key to the GOP taking control of the Senate from Democrats and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader. “This state will decide the next majority leader and the next president of the United States,” Rubio, R-Fla., said at The Venetian, casting the 2012 election as vital to the direction of the country. “You’re choosing whether we’ll return to the principles of our greatness, or whether we’re going to be like everybody else.”
Heller told KTVN-TV in Reno that embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley gutted $700 billion from Medicare to pay for her job-killing healthcare law. The battle for a Nevada Senate seat brought both Senator Dean Heller and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley to Reno Thursday. Medicare was one hot topic in both camps– the two candidates have been sparring over their stances on the subject in speeches and interviews. … “In fact, it was Berkley that voted for $700 billion in cuts to Medicare and giving those cuts to Obamacare [said Dean Heller].”
The Reno Gazette Journal reports that folks in Washoe County came out to remind Shelley Berkley that Northern Nevada was Dean Heller country. U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley’s message about protecting Medicare was drowned out by street noise during a campaign stop in Reno. Berkley is in a race against Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Berkley’s podium was set up near the busy intersection of Vassar Street and Harvard Way during a hot afternoon in which the temperature soared to near triple digits. Making for a surreal scene were more than a dozen Heller supporters who crowded behind Berkley, a Democratic congresswoman from Las Vegas, as she spoke. … Berkley admitted her campaign had selected a poor spot. “It will never happen again,” Berkley said, smiling throughout the adverse conditions. “I know we had already set up, obviously. And, as soon as I got here, I realized that we were far too close to the street and we won’t do that again.
- Additionally, Ray Hagar at the Gazette-Journal tweeted about Berkley’s failed press conference. Berkley presser on noisy sidewalk next to busy, busy street might be the worst location I’ve seen in my career.
- Meanwhile, the Review-Journal reports that Berkley is getting pummeled on the air for her unethical record. The U.S. Senate race took another brutal turn on Wednesday as Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller launched a harsh TV ad accusing his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, of having “a history of public corruption” dating from the late 1990s through an ongoing House ethics investigation.
- Finally, Dean Heller’s campaign reminds the Daily Sparks Tribune that Shelley Berkley is the only candidate that raided billions of dollars for her job-killing healthcare law. Heller’s campaign spokeswoman, Chandler Smith, disagreed. “Shelley Berkley is the only candidate in this race who voted to cut over $500 billion from Medicare, and that became the law of the land. She has chosen to keep Medicare on a path toward bankruptcy in 10 years so she can fund the massive government healthcare takeover called ObamaCare. Congresswoman Berkley has continued to ignore the problem and jeopardize seniors access to care so she can continue to play politics and base her entire campaign on the ‘Lie of the Year.’”