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Mitt Romney in Las Vegas stumping for GOP candidates


Leila Navidi

Mitt Romney, from left, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Joe Heck, candidate for U.S. Congress, tour Las Vegas Color Graphics on Oct. 6, 2010.

Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is in Las Vegas today to stump for Nevada’s Republican candidates.

Romney toured Las Vegas Color Graphics this afternoon with House candidate Joe Heck and lieutenant governor candidate Brian Krolicki.

He will headline a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval tonight.

Romney said he also supports U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle. “I have maxed out to her campaign,” Romney said, referring to campaign contributions.

Heck and Krolicki said they invited Romney back to Nevada because of his expertise in business and the economy — the No. 1 issue this election cycle. Romney previously endorsed both candidates and has helped them raise money.

“Gov. Romney is very well respected in this state, as evidenced by how well he did in the caucus back in 2008,” Heck said.

Romney, one in a crowded field of contenders, won about half the vote in Nevada’s Republican caucus.

Romney did not say whether he would run again for president. “We gotta get Nov. 2 behind us,” he said.

A member of the GOP establishment, Romney said he agreed with Angle’s recent criticism of the Republican party.

“We as Republicans spent too much and grew government too large,” he said.

Still, he added that President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have made the problem worse. He also blamed the Democratic leadership for the difficulties small businesses face.

“What Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have done is frighten the dickens out of the private sector,” Romney said.

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