Romney promises struggling Nevada he'll get the economy "cooking"

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
AP Photo/Cathleen Allison
AP Photo/Cathleen Allison

Few other states in the nation are struggling to pull their economy together the way Nevada is. Mitt Romney today told voters in the swing state that, if they elect him, he could get their economy "cooking" again.

"This country is going to come back," Romney promised a crowd of about 2,000 in Reno. "You are going to see this country come back in a major way."

The Republican candidate touched on the major parts of his agenda, promising to repeal President Obama's health care law, rein in the deficit, hold China accountable for "not playing by the rules" and foster small business growth.

Nevada's unemployment rate is the highest in the country at 11.8 percent. While that's an improvement from August, when it was 12.1 percent, Romney said, "We can't afford four more years like the last four years."

And while foreclosure filings in Nevada have dropped significantly in recent months, the state remains hard hit by the struggling housing industry. Romney warned of more of the same with a second Obama term.

"If he's re-elected I'm convinced you're going to see the values of your homes continue to bump along in the basement," he said. "If I'm elected--when I'm elected - we're going to do this, we're going to finally get this housing market going and get jobs and get this economy going."

With the race tightening nationally, both candidates this week are racing through key states like Nevada, which Mr. Obama is traveling to today as well. Mr. Obama has an edge in the early ballots cast so far in Nevada, and his campaign today suggested that Romney will soon give up the state.

"When you look at early vote in Nevada," campaign senior adviser David Plouffe argued, "I wouldn't be surprised if Governor Romney's last trip to Nevada was this week, because it doesn't look good for him. And I think in an honest moment they will say that themselves."

Romney, however, told the crowd today that "the Obama campaign is slipping and shrinking" while his campaign is "a growing movement across the country."

He told voters, "I need you to find one person who voted for Barack Obama last time and get them to vote for us this time."