Presidential candidates visit battleground state again in race to the White House

Marco Villarreal

Presidential candidates visit battleground state again in race to the White House

CREATED Sep. 9, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Barack Obama will be making another campaign stop in Las Vegas this Wednesday. On Sunday, those looking to see the president made their way to several locations across the Valley to get tickets.

It's not just the president making it out to Nevada this week, but also his contender Mitt Romney. While both men say they're watching out for the middle class and the economy, they have very different opinions on how they plan to do that.

Dozens of voters showed up to the organizing for America office Sunday afternoon hoping to score tickets to the President's speech Wednesday in Las Vegas. 

"I missed him the last time. I said I am not missing him this time. I am definitely going to see my president this time," says Katherine Johnson, a registered Democrat.

Also headed to Nevada is the president's main opponent Mitt Romney. He plans on speaking at the National Guard Association Convention in Reno on Tuesday. 

"Governor Romney will pit his record against President Obama's any day. Of course his vision is one of creating jobs in America, and he has a plan to create 12 million jobs just in his first term in office," says Mason Harrison with the Romney Campaign in Nevada.

Both sides may be at each others ideological throats, but on one thing they agree on.

"Nevada is a battleground state. It's going to be a critical state in November, and that's why you've seen a lot of Governor Romney. A lot of Paul Ryan," says Harrisson.

"Nevada is a critical state in this elections, so voters are going to be seeing a lot of President Obama," says Zac Petkanas with the Nevada Democratic Party.

Both claim to fight for the middle class, but only one man's plan will win the election in November. 

"In four years we're still the worst in the country when it comes to the unemployment rate. What's he going to do different that he hasn't been able to do in the last four years," asks Action News.

"It's about building on the progress that's been made. Not enough progress has been made," says Petkanas.

"I think he can do them. Some people just didn't give him enough time, and I think he deserves it. I think he deserves another four years," says Johnson.

The Republicans say in the end it's not what each candidate says, but what they have done.

"I would pay very close attention to what President Obama says on Wednesday, because many of it is going to be promises that he made is 2008 that he still hasn't fulfilled," says Harrison. 

The president is scheduled to speak at a grassroots event at the Cashman Center on Wednesday afternoon. Doors will open to ticket holders at 3 p.m. and we're told there are still tickets available.