Nevada Campaigns Ramp Up with Political Conventions - 8 News NOW

Nevada Campaigns Ramp Up with Political Conventions

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LAS VEGAS - The Democratic National Convention kicks off Tuesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. On the heels of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida last week, the Democrats will make their pitch to the nation.

Several key speakers will take to the stage in the coming days. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada-D) and First Lady Michelle Obama are among the speakers Tuesday night.

Reid is expected to speak around 4 p.m. (PT). 8 News NOW will carry live streaming coverage of his speech.

Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton will rally the crowd.

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are slated Thursday to accept their party's nominations for president and vice president.

Local members of the Democratic Party say they can feel momentum heading into this week's events.

"People are very excited about re-electing President Obama," said Nevada State Democratic Party Communications Director Zach Hudson. "From what we saw last week at the Republican convention, what we're going to see this week is a very clear contrast. Democrats, led by President Obama, believe in an economy that's meant to last. We want to move our country forward - creating jobs, protecting Medicare, strengthening the middle class."

The Republican Party is feeling a renewed momentum after officially nominating Mitt Romney for president last week. In Nevada, Republicans say they're feeling a new energy as November quickly approaches.

"President Obama in 2008 made a lot of promises," said Mason Harrison, Nevada State Communications Director for the Romney Campaign. "He promised to get our economy back on track, and he said if he didn't, he'd have a one-term proposition. We're ready to take him up on that proposition."

Both parties hit the phones banks Monday - using the Labor Day holiday to reach out to Nevada voters. One office worker said Nevadans are receptive to the political calls - viewing their votes as their duty.

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