Adam Laxalt, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talks to supporters Wednesday at Millennium Park.
U.S. senatorial candidate Adam Laxalt completed his first week of a two-week bus tour with local stops in Fallon, Fernley and Carson City on Oct. 26 to speak to voters in every county of the state.
“We’re going to every corner of the state,” Laxalt told his Fallon supporters who gathered at Millennium Park last week. “We’re telling everyone that we have one shot to save Nevada this election.”
Laxalt, the state’s former attorney general from 2015 to 2019, is locked in a tight race with incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who was first elected in 2016. The first-term senator carried one county, Clark, in 2016 against challenger Joe Heck.
Adam Laxalt supporters welcome the senatorial candidate to Fallon’s Millennium Park last week. Laxalt is running for the U.S. Senate.
Laxalt said Cortez Masto has been missing from the campaign trail this fall and mentioned former President Barack Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, are coming to the Silver State to campaign for her, but not President Joe Biden.
Laxalt posed a rhetorical question.
“What is her record?” he asked. “Her record is being a 100% rubber stamp for Joe Biden.”
Laxalt said Cortez Masto has voted for bills that add more money to the national debt.
“You don’t have my vote for more spending,” he said.
“Does everyone remember $2 (per gallon) gas?” Laxalt asked. “In 2020 under President (Donald) Trump, we had $2 gas. Now we pay over $6.”
Other Republican speakers also expounded on Laxalt’s candidacy including U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi and former Attorney General Pam Bondi of Florida. Hyde-Smith said she was accompanying Laxalt to help send him to the Senate.
“This is an audience participation election,” she said.
Hyde-Smith said supporters must vote as well as telling their friends to vote. She said Laxalt is needed in the Senate to help with the issues including the borders and economy. She said the economy is hurting everyone.
“I’ve been taking pictures today of the gas prices in Nevada to send back to my husband in Mississippi,” she said.
Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi lends her support to the Adam Laxalt campaign by speaking in Fallon.
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Bondi said she traveled to Nevada because of her friendship with Laxalt. They both served during the same time as attorneys general.
“Everyone is coming here to support Adam Laxalt because this race is so important,” she said.
Bondi said Laxalt was also a Second Amendment rights champion with her, and they also had a concern about illegal immigration. She said they were also concerned with the opioid epidemic and human trafficking.
Laxalt also touted his background as one who supports law enforcement. He said law and order is “near and dear to his heart” and that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which is part of Public Safety Alliance of Nevada, endorsed him. PSAN includes the Police Officers Association of Clark County School District, the Reno Police Protective Association and the Washoe County Sheriff Deputies Association.
“She had the support of Metro in 2016, but they have flipped to me in this race,” Laxalt said. “They all know I will stand with law enforcement.”
Laxalt also touched on “the porous southern border” which has been a major source of human trafficking, and how Nevada is at the crossroads for this election cycle.
“If we don’t win, Nevada is gone forever,” he said.