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Clinton Stumping in NV for Gov. Hopeful Rory Reid

LAS VEGAS  -- With 48 days remaining until election day, expect campaigns to pull out every stop they have, even bringing in heavy muscle to make the difference. The heavy of the heavy came to Las Vegas Wednesday -- former President Bill Clinton stumping for gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid.

The Rory Reid campaign is a bit in transition, and who better than the headline grabbing former president to hammer the point home? Reid is softening his anti- tax stance and urging Democrats to join ranks. The end game is finally underway.

"If this election is about what are we going to do now, and who is more likely to do it, who will win this election," said Clinton.

The former president spoke to the partisan crowd of 1,200 about the growing tide of anger and apathy in this election year. Clinton says Reid will bring a diversified economy to Nevada, focusing on more jobs through green energy.

"You are sitting on a gold mine that will put everybody to work," he said.

It wouldn't be a rally without a few potshots at the competition. Clinton hit Republican Brian Sandoval on his few released plans -- style over substance.

"He is a handsome dude. He looks great. But we don't have a clue what he's going to do," he said.

"A projection of Bill Clinton's popularity transfers to anybody he campaigns for," said State Senator Bob Coffin (D).

Coffin has had a "Clinton bounce" in the polls himself before. But focusing efforts on Reid is the key now. Tapping into the already-established Democrat get out the vote machine is critical.

"The Republicans admittedly do not have that kind of an effort," said Coffin.

Reid too said Sandoval doesn't have the pieces in place.

"He has absolutely no political organization. None," he said.

But Reid also showed a shift in his own policy. Originally strongly anti-tax, Reid softened that position today. I-Team Political Analyst Steve Sebelius noted Reid would not propose new taxes, but would be open to approving some.

"So if I go and tell all my readers that Rory Reid might sign a budget that has tax increases, that would be accurate," said Sebelius.

"It would," replied Reid.

Clinton took no questions after the rally. The Sandoval campaign also had no response.

Reid does still trail by as much as 20 points in some polls, but the numbers are tightening in recent weeks.


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