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Bill Clinton Stumps for Harry Reid in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - Former President Bill Clinton took to the stage at the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy Thursday night to stump for fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid who is in a fight for his political life.

Mr. Clinton says he can't understand why Reid is in jeopardy of losing his seat. "Why would you give away the Senate Majority Leader who has delivered time and time and time again for the people of Nevada," Clinton asked the crowd.

While Reid's opponents accuse the senator of failing to do enough to heal Nevada's ailing economy, Clinton said some factors are beyond Reid's control. "It's not his fault you have the highest foreclosure rate," Clinton said. "It's not his fault you've had all these financial shenanigans going on." "I get why people get mad. People should be mad," Clinton said.

Clinton also took a shot at Reid's opponent, Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. "There's this great game you play with your kids: 'Where's Waldo?'. Now, you're going to have to start playing the 'Where's Sharron?' game, because she's hiding out according to the local news. I might hide out too if I said I wanted to get rid of Social Security and Medicare," Clinton said.

Clinton encountered an interruption in the form of a power outage, but the former president didn't miss a beat and continued his speech in the dark. "I think he did a great job, especially since he didn't have lights or audio for about half his speech," said Reid supporter Taska Miller.

Political analysts say an anti-incumbent mood is sweeping the country, and Reid could become a casualty in November. Reid supporters like Suzy Young hope that doesn't happen. "I hope the negative mood of people doesn't cause them to not think straight and just say let's get rid of something and not think about what they're putting in," she said.

Reid's vulnerability means Nevadans can expect more political heavyweights like Bill Clinton to visit the Silver State in the coming months. Senator Reid did not attend the campaign rally. He is currently in Washington, D.C..

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