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Obama Campaign Mixes Music and Politics

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(Photo-KXNT SamStone)  Obama supporters wait at Doolittle field on Wednesday evening for appearances by pop singer Katy Perry and the President

(Photo-KXNT SamStone) Obama supporters wait at Doolittle field on Wednesday evening for appearances by pop singer Katy Perry and the President

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(Las Vegas CBS KXNT) Rock, soul, pop, and mariachi.  And that was before the show started. 

A crowd of more than 10,000 Obama supporters gathered at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas to hear from President Obama. Some were more excited about the opening act –  pop singer and Obama supporter Katy Perry, who performed in a tight white rubber dress with the words “President of the United States” emblazoned across the bodice. The names Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Mitt Romney appeared on the skirt as they would on a ballot, with check-boxes  next to them.

The president spoke for about 20 minutes, on a whirlwind visit as part of a multi-state campaign marathon in the final two weeks of a tight race with Republican Mitt Romney.

Perry gave a brief, but energetic performance, stopping between songs to urge early voting. Her 91-year-old grandmother lives in Nevada, and will be voting early, she told the crowd. Perry will vote in California, she said, for Obama.

President Obama said Mitt Romney is hoping Democrats will forget to vote — or develop “Romnesia” — the presidents recently-adopted term to suggest that forgetting where he stands on issues causes his opponent to flip-flop.

State Senator Steven Horsford and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley gave campaign remarks before the show on behalf of the president’s and their own campaigns.

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