Pence visits Las Vegas to help Heller, Laxalt

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — In bright September sunshine, Vice President Mike Pence came down the stairs of Air Force Two with the two men at the top of Nevada's Republican ticket: Senator Dean Heller running for reelection, and Attorney General Adam Laxalt, running for Governor.

The Vice President touched down at Nellis Air Force base shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday.

The event at Nellis was technically not a campaign stop, but Pence wanted to make sure Nevada got a message:

“In the last year, with the strong support of Senator Dean Heller, this President has signed the largest increase in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan,” Pence said.

A military base is typically Republican-friendly turf, and on stage in a hangar were both active duty Air Force and veterans.

“It is clear that this administration, President Trump, Vice President Pence are committed to supporting men and women who answer our nation’s call,” Heller told the audience. “Under President Trump, 19 pieces of legislation that I authored or helped introduce to address the needs of Nevada's veterans have become law,” Heller said.

Pence offered praise for Nevada’s senior US Senator.

“I want to thank Senator Dean Heller. It is remarkable to think of the work that he's done here,” said Pence.

Pence arrives as Heller is locked in a tough fight for reelection against a Democratic opponent-- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, who sits on the House Armed Services committee. Her campaign tells News 3 she’s been effective in the committee even though she’s a freshman lawmaker.

Democrats welcomed Pence by hitting Heller and Laxalt.

"From refusing to fight Trump's disastrous policies in court, to confirming every single one of Trump's cabinet nominees--Heller and Laxalt have repeatedly refused to stand up to Trump and put Nevadans first,” the state party said in a statement.

The White House is making it clear it will do whatever it can to see Heller reelected.

“And you should all know that Senator Dean Heller stood with us, stood with us every step of the way,” said the Vice President.

After the event at Nellis, Pence headed to the Venetian for an event with the Republican Governors Association and a private fundraiser for Adam Laxalt.

The White House says Nevada is a campaign priority, and while not offering specifics, promises more visits by both Pence and Trump.

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