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Biden to address Las Vegans at Thursday campaign event

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Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden visit veterans at the U.S. Vets Career Center in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Free tickets to Vice President Joe Biden's rescheduled campaign event Thursday in Las Vegas will be made available at three locations starting Tuesday.

Biden is delivering remarks at the Events Center at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas on Thursday morning. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

The vice president had been scheduled to speak in Reno and Las Vegas earlier this week, but the events were postponed Sunday night and rescheduled. Biden is now speaking in Reno on Wednesday and in Las Vegas on Thursday.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign did not say what Biden will be speaking about, but called his Las Vegas trip a "grass-roots event." Biden's speech is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entrance.

All original ticket holders will be honored, but new tickets for Biden's rescheduled event are being distributed 10 a.m. Tuesday at the following Obama campaign offices:

• Green Valley office: 2925 Green Valley Parkway, Suite E, Henderson

• Eastside office: 3230 E. Charleston, Suite 111, Las Vegas

• North Las Vegas office: 3440 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 300, Las Vegas

An Obama campaign statement did not give a reason for postponing Biden's originally scheduled appearances Monday in Reno and Tuesday in Las Vegas.

However, the White House schedule indicated Biden would be traveling to Penn Valley, Pa., on Tuesday to attend funeral services for former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

Specter died Sunday at age 82 from complications of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. At least 1,500 people are expected at the longtime senator's funeral.

Biden released a statement Monday, saying he and his wife, Jill, were "deeply saddened" by the news of Specter's death. Specter and Biden — who was born in Scranton, Pa. — had served together in the U.S. Senate for three decades.

"Arlen Specter was a great senator who lived his life the way he died, with dignity and courage," Biden said in a statement. "He was my friend, and I admired him a great deal."

Prior to his Nevada trip, Biden is scheduled to campaign in Greeley, Colo.

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas — where Biden is speaking Thursday — is located at 710 W. Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas. Nevada Senate Majority Leader and congressional candidate Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, is the academy's CEO.

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