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Obama, Romney turn to star power for help in NV

LAS VEGAS (AP) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are turning to star power for help in the battleground state of Nevada.

Magic Johnson, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and John Ratzenberger were among celebrities enlisted to drum up support for the candidates over the weekend.

Basketball legend Johnson and fashion model Kimora Lee Simmons turned out for Obama at a Saturday rally in Las Vegas sponsored by the Asian American Pacific Islanders of Nevada.

"I think he'll be like President Clinton," Johnson told KLAS-TV. "He will be better in his second term ... He's the one candidate that I know has a solid plan. We can't go back to the President Bush days, and that's where I feel Romney is going to take us."

On Saturday, actors Voight, Grammer and Ratzenberger joined Romney's son, Josh, in the annual Nevada Day Parade in Carson City, and made phone calls and greeted supporters at Republican headquarters in Las Vegas.

"This is a huge election, and there is a huge difference between these candidates and we are going to be in a lot of trouble if we don't turn this thing around economically," Voight said. "I'm not just talking about one state. The whole economy has to get back on track."

Jon Hamm, Rachael Leigh Cook, John Cho and six other actors took part in an Obama rally Sunday in Las Vegas designed to get out the vote.

Also over the weekend, U.S. Reps. Judy Chu and Mike Honda, both D-Calif., campaigned for Obama in Las Vegas, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., visited Reno on behalf of Romney.

Early voting ends Friday. The election is Nov. 6.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 29, 2012 07:01PM Published Oct 29, 2012 07:00PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.