LAS VEGAS (CNN) – For the second day in a row, President Barack Obama took an afternoon break from preparing for Wednesday night’s debate with a field trip. Tuesday's trip was a visit to the Hoover Dam.
The president’s motorcade drove 30 minutes to Boulder City, Nevada, where he stopped at the site ofa heliport overlooking the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge.
"Its spectacular and I've never seen it before. I didn't realize it was so close by,” Obama told reporters along for the trip. “Marvin [Nicholson] said we were only 15 miles away and I said well we've got to go check it out.”
Obama was led on a short tour by Rob Skordas, Assistant Dam Manager for History and Operational Logistics, and Janel Brawner-Potucek from the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior.
The president was surprised to learn the dam didn’t provide water and electricity to Las Vegas. Curious about the history of the construction, he spent slightly more than an hour viewing various parts of the dam, including the transformer deck and the power house.
On Monday, the president ventured out to visit a local campaign office and thank volunteers. While speaking with one worker, he commented on being at his hotel while he practiced for the debate. “Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. It’s a drag,” he joked. “They're making me do my homework."
Campaign officials attributed in part the president's pre-debate Nevada swing to a desireto speak to voters and focus on early voting in the state, which begins on October 20th. But in his stops for the past two days, interactions with voters have mostly been limited to campaign volunteers during Monday's stop, followed by officials at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday.
After spending most of Tuesday in Ohio, and later a stop in Reno, President Obama wakes up in Las Vegas and holds a campaign event and continues his focus on education. He'll visit Canyon Springs High School in Vegas and hold a roundtable discussion with teachers before delivering this campaign speech. Also, the Obama campaign released an ad this morning focused on education called "Children" where he criticizes the Romney/Ryan education plan. Later in the afternoon, the president flies to New York City for the so-called "Obama Classic" at the Lincoln Center. The event includes former and current professional basketball players and legend Michael Jordan co-hosts the dinner. Campaign officials say about 120 people have bought tickets at $20,000 a pop. We don' know if the president will actually play basketball with the stars and we won't actually see any of the event because it's closed to the press. President Obama returns to the White House after midnight.
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RENO, Nevada (CNN) –- It’s not every day the President of the United States shows up on your doorstep but that was the case for Paul and Val Keller at their Reno, Nevada, home on Friday.
The reason for the president's visit was to highlight problems with mortgage refinancing and to urge Congress to do more to help homeowners. Many families, like the Kellers, are struggling to refinance their home because they owe more than their home is worth. The Kellers purchased their $168,000 home fourteen years ago, yet now it is only worth $100,000.
In October of 2011, Val Keller heard the president announce new measures aimed at helping underwater homeowners and decided to call her bank and ask about the regulations. Their mortgage was refinanced within 90 days.