HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller says conservatives have the opportunity to elect the next Ronald Reagan in 2012.

Heller urged voters to elect a president who will create jobs during the annual Conservative Leadership Conference in Henderson on Saturday.

Heller says President Barack Obama’s “anti-business” policies are stifling the economy.

Heller would not say which GOP presidential hopeful could continue Reagan’s conservative legacy.

Republican presidential hopefuls Herman Cain and Gary Johnson are scheduled to address the conservative conference Saturday afternoon.

Heller was recently appointed to the Senate from the U.S. House to fill a vacancy. He is running against Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley in Nevada’s 2012 Senate race.

The Nevada Democratic Party had someone pose as Heller at the conference Saturday and carry a sign that read, “Death Tax Dean.”

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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