FIRST PERSON | Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller visited Republican campaign headquarters in Mesquite, Nevada on Oct. 12 to support Sen. Dean Heller and Mitt Romney’s campaigns. The building was full, and the crowds spilled out into the parking lot.
Mesquite is a small retirement community in Clark County, about 80 miles Northeast of Las Vegas. Both cities have been hit extremely hard by foreclosures in real estate and have one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. Home values have been cut in half or more. The older population in Mesquite seem frightened about their health care, their nest egg, and the general direction of America. One of them said to me, “This country is heading for real big trouble if things don’t change.”
Hatch, who worked with Romney on the Olympics, spoke highly of Romney’s leadership of the Olympics in Utah. He pointed out that, to this day, Utah is a very popular ski destination; the economic benefits there continue, he says. He said that Romney’s business experience as a corporate turnaround artist is exactly what America needs today.
Hatch also predicted Heller will become a conservative leader in the Senate in the areas of economics and finance in the years ahead. Heller has proposed a balanced budget amendment. Hatch said the world is counting on America to get its act together.
In a short interview, Heller empathized the need for bipartisan cooperation to solve the issues facing Nevada and the nation. He will support Romney’s efforts to bring the parties together with solutions, including immigration, tax reform, and a sound plan to preserve Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. He believes Romney will bring the parties together to solve our nation’s issues.
President Obama and Vice President Biden visit Las Vegas often; it is the strong hold of Harry Reid. Las Vegas seems dominated by the SEIU and Acorn-type organizations working there. Without this power base of support, Romney would be leading in Nevada by a wide margin.
I asked Senator Heller if it was fair to say they are running against the powerful Harry Reid political machine in Nevada, which is supported by large private and public employee unions and the Dream Act proponents. SEIU and ACORN types of organizations? The Democrats have registered voters two-to-one in Clark county compared to the Republicans this year. The local news reported today that Democrats have registered more than 100,000 more voters than republicans.
Heller responded that he supports efforts to bring bipartisan solutions.
Hatch joked that he sat next to Harry Reid for 34 years.
Heller and Hatch agreed that Nevada’s vote as a swing state will be very important in the election result.
As far as yard signs go in Mesquite I would guess Romney signs outnumber Obama signs 10 to 1 in our little town.
Personally, I am a fiscal conservative, with four grown children. I believe that we are stealing our children’s future with the printing press, spending, and debt. It is time to get our fiscal house in order. I have 35 years experience in the real estate industry and as far as I can tell all the government spending has had little impact on the housing market; it still has a very rough road ahead. Unemployment remains stubbornly high, and seems to be getting worse
Nevada, with Reid’s influence, received a lot of green-energy project funding, but many have failed or are showing diminishing returns and they created almost no jobs, and lost billions in wasted tax dollars. Reid represents Nevada almost solely due to his base in Las Vegas. In my land sales business, I travel to rural Nevada communities working with farmers and ranchers and they nearly unanimously oppose Harry Reid.