Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 | 11:27 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden will come to Reno on Thursday, according to the Obama 2012 campaign, right before Nevada Democratic Party’s presidential caucuses next weekend.
The caucuses on Jan. 21 are much less hotly contested than the Republican Party’s caucuses, which are scheduled for Feb. 4. Republican presidential candidates, who are still slugging it out in South Carolina and Florida, haven’t swung through Nevada since mid-October.
Biden’s visit to Reno is on official White House business, but will likely function nonetheless as the marquee event of a week of efforts to stir up support for the Obama campaign before the Democratic party officially endorses President Barack Obama’s reelection effort by popular vote as well.
The campaign didn’t release any further details about Biden’s visit. Biden was in Las Vegas as recently as this summer, seeking support from the Teamsters and pitching the merits of developing renewable energy, on two separate occasions.
Biden was last in Reno in 2010, when he spoke at a rally at UNR to drum up support for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just before the midterm elections, when he narrowly defeated Sharron Angle to win a fifth term.
Reno appears to be the only Nevada stop Biden will make on his tour.
Obama is the only candidate the Democratic party is considering at their caucuses next Saturday.