Mitt Romney Rallies in Las Vegas

By Nathan Baca , Alex Brauer

Published 05/29 2012 03:07PM

Updated 05/29 2012 09:27PM

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LAS VEGAS -- Republican Mitt Romney is in Las Vegas to raise money for his presidential campaign. He held a rally at a Las Vegas furniture store. 

Romney focused his speech on the economy in front of hundreds of supporters.

"It's our time to grab that torch and hold it aloft. It's a torch that represents freedom and opportunity it's a torch that represents the greatness of America and the greatness of people around the world that seek after good things," he said. "I want to get dreamers out there putting their dreams on the front burner again, starting enterprises, putting people to work."

Around 300 people filled Somer's Furniture Warehouse. They are the Republican Party faithful, saying they are energized to get out the vote this November.

Somer's Furniture owner Debbi Somers voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Now, she says she fears the financial effect of the president's Affordable Care Act.

"We're hoping Obamacare doesn't go through. That would kill us," she said. "The insurance, when as you're reading it, you don't have any control of it."

Romney's speech was heavy on policy proposals. The former Massachusetts governor said that banking laws passed by President Obama after the financial crash limit community banks too much. That affects small business loans, according to Romney.

"One community bank I spoke with said they have more compliance officers than they have loan officers. The burdens of regulation are so extensive, they're having a hard time getting by. Instead of making more loans to help small businesses grow, they pull back," Romney said.

Bob Kuhn, who attended the event, says he has a personal stake in presidential plans for small business.

"If they're too worried about paying taxes and too worried about paying for energy, too worried about all the different regulations they have to consider, they're not going to hire any employees. I've been unemployed since September," he said.

Romney also said that on his first day in office, he would allow every state to drop the new health care law. He says small business owners tell him the uncertainty of how the health law may affect them and will kill their business.

State labor leaders were ready for Romney's visit. The Nevada AFL-CIO held a prebuttal conference ahead of his rally.

Small business owner Reyna Bernal was one of the conference attendees. Bernal disagrees with Romney's proposals.

"This is failed policy. We tried that one time with Bush and I'm sure plenty of times before," Bernal said. "It's always failed. Let's give the president another four years to finish what he started. It's getting better."

Organizers say they want to highlight Romney's career at Bain Capital. Bain is a Boston-based investment firm founded by Romney in 1984. Labor leaders say during his time there, he eliminated three businesses in Nevada.

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