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#NVSen Update: Heller Addresses Supporters in Fernley & Berkley Moves Closer to Obama

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Heller addresses supporters in Fernley

From Reno Gazette-Journal:

FERNLEY — Speaking in front of a room full of supporters, Republican U.S. Senator Dean Heller told the audience if he is elected, he will not raise taxes, and he will build a Canada-Texas pipeline and repeal Obamacare.

The incumbent candidate spoke at the Fernley Republican Campaign Headquarters on Main Street. His speech was peppered with cheers as he made his 20-minute remarks.

Heller told the crowd–which included Lyon County Commissioners Ray Fierro, Chuck Roberts and Fernley Mayor LeRoy Goodman–that the current leadership in Washington, D.C., does not care about the next generation, just about the next election.

Heller said with past generations, the country was built on the notion that future generations would have a better quality of life. He went on to talk about his father, who was an auto mechanic who later purchased a business and opened Heller’s Transmission.

He was an employee who became an employer,” he said. “That was the American dream–to become an employer. He had to build his business, and the government didn’t build it. He taught me about hard work and diligence. He worked long hours if that’s what it took.”

Heller said his father didn’t become rich but wanted to make sure his children and his grandchildren has a better quality of life than he did.

“That’s what America’s all about,” he said.

Berkley moves closer to Obama as campaigns heat up

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley said she’s pleased she’ll get to announce Nevada’s 44 delegates for President Barack Obama Wednesday night, although she wasn’t offered a speaking role at the Democratic National Convention.

“I am calling the Nevada delegate count and for me that’s the biggest thrill of all,” Berkley said.

Berkley made a surprise appearance Wednesday morning to greet Nevada delegates at their breakfast on the second day of the three-day convention.

Berkley also was meeting with the Nevadans for a private lunch as she works to rally Democrats supporting her Senate bid against U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Heller did not attend the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, choosing to stay home to campaign.

Heller wasn’t offered a speaking role either at the Republican convention where Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination as did his running mate Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin.

Berkley said she got into Charlotte Tuesday afternoon and met with fellow Senate candidates. But she did not appear on stage Tuesday night with female members of the House, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was promoting their re-election bids.

Wednesday night, Elizabeth Warren, a U.S. Senate candidate from Massachusetts, is speaking to the convention, giving her a high-profile platform in her close race with U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

The Berkley-Heller and Brown-Warren contests are two of the most competitive Senate races in the country. And their outcomes could determine whether Democrats maintain control of the Senate, now led by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is helping Berkley.

Berkley said she’s busy campaigning, too, and she’ll miss Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday. Still, she said she wanted to attend at least part of the convention to demonstrate her strong backing for the president’s agenda.

“I think it was important to be here to give my full support to the president,” Berkley said.


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