Nevada a Test Ground for Campaign Economic Themes

Published 08/08 2012 01:19PM

Updated 08/08 2012 01:19PM

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Look no further than the epicenter of the nation's housing worries -- where "for sale" signs dot neighborhoods just off the glittering Las Vegas Strip -- to see how Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are pitching themselves to voters beleaguered by the weak economy.

Perhaps more than any others, Nevada voters are witnessing the wide gulf between two competing economic visions. Obama believes that government must step in when the economy fails while Romney takes a tough-love adherence to market forces as the answer.

The candidate more Nevada voters agree with -- and trust -- could end up with the edge in their state and other battlegrounds, such as Florida and Michigan, that have been slow to recover from the economic meltdown.

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