Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 1:45 a.m.
President Obama's two-day visit to Las Vegas will begin this evening with a campaign event for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Air Force One will arrive at McCarran International Airport at 5 p.m. today, then the president will attend a 5:30 p.m. event that campaign officials billed as "An Evening With Barack Obama and Harry Reid" at CityCenter's Aria resort.
Obama on Friday will discuss the economy during an invitation-only speech at UNLV.
The president will give his brief remarks beginning at 9:20 a.m., then will depart Las Vegas at 10:30 a.m.
Reid, who is locked in a battle with Republican Sharron Angle to keep his Senate seat, on Tuesday called Obama's visit "a real honor for the community."
"I’m flattered that the president would come," he said. "As you know we’re going to do some political things on Thursday … so I’m really happy he’s here.
"The president and I spend a lot of time together as a result of his job and my job," Reid said, adding: "He and his staff love Las Vegas. They’re looking forward to this trip."
The president's trip to Las Vegas follows a visit to Kansas City, Mo.
Obama's last visit to Las Vegas was in February, when he appeared at Aria and Green Valley High School during a trip to promote health care reform and Reid's re-election.
First Lady Michelle Obama was in Las Vegas last month promoting youth activities at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.