LAS VEGAS -- Nevada is ground zero for the housing crisis, bankruptcies, and unemployment. It is also a key state in the presidential election which is about two months away.
Although Mitt Romney wasn't in southern Nevada Wednesday, like the President, the Romney campaign had Congressman Joe Heck deliver the Republican message.
The rain brought a flood of trouble across the Las Vegas valley, making U.S. Congressman Joe Heck a few minutes late to meet Republican voters at Sun City in Summerlin.
"How many people noticed that the dark, ominous, gloomy clouds rolled in about the same time as the President landed at Nellis Air Force Base last night?"
Heck used the wild Wednesday weather to make a point.
"I think when you look at those dark, gloomy, ominous clouds that are outside, that's the way I feel about Medicare, and that's the way I feel about the economy," Heck said.
"This election is the most important election in my lifetime," said Betty Rumford, a Republican voter.
Heck said the economy and jobs will be top issues for voters in this election.
"You know what, he doesn't want to talk about the economy because his policies have failed this nation when it comes to the economy."
"This administration, that we have in the White House right now, is so Marxist-socialist," said Republican Ida Rosen.
Heck told voters in the age-restricted community that medicare should be protected, not Obamacare.
"My doctors now won't even take anymore people on Medicare because they get no money. No one will pay them, and they're working for nothing. It's a shame," said Loretta Donnolo, a Republican voter.
On this rainy day, the voters at this Sun City gathering firmly believe a Romney-Ryan victory will stop the economic storm.
Nevada is a key swing state, and Congressman Heck is confident Mitt Romney can move Nevada back into the red state category come November.