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Political Stars Coming to Nevada

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LAS VEGAS -- Political star power is coming into Nevada this week. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are campaigning for Democrats and Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich are visiting for Republican candidates.

The fourth nationwide Tea Party Express Bus Tour started in Reno Monday and is coming to Las Vegas at 6 p.m. The rally is meant to boost the Tea Party Express endorsement of Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

"We've worked for the past year and half to change people's minds in Washington, D.C. We've not been able to do so, but we can change their faces," said Amy Kremer, chairperson of the Tea Party Express.

Tea Party Express organizers say they expect a thousand people to come to the rally at Stoney's Bar and Grill.

Sarah Palin kicked off the nationwide bus tour in Reno. She will not be at the rally in Las Vegas.

Sharron Angle also will not be there. Federal election law prohibits her from coordinating her campaign with independent groups, including the Tea Party Express.

Tuesday's rally will be lead by controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Democratic Party is countering with a top rally draw of their own: President Obama.

"Having the president in town is an excitement for the base. It's a way to get Democrats who are working so hard this year to get their volunteers motivated to give them a boost, to give them that extra level of excitement," said Phoebe Sweet with the Nevada Democratic Party.

The president is scheduled to speak at a campaign rally beginning 3:30 p.m. Friday for Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Dina Titus at Orr Middle School Park on Katie Avenue near Maryland Parkway. The party hopes the president can mobilize the Democrats, who still have a 60,000 voter registration edge over Republicans in this state.

The Tea Party Express bus is expected to arrive around 5:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Organizers say they're expected to be met a few miles up the road by 100 Harley motorcycle riders. So expect a sight on the roads.

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