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New York Times: Democratic Candidates to Appear at Nevada Party Dinner Co-Hosted by Harry Reid

January 6, 2016

All three Democratic presidential candidates are expected to attend a dinner in Las Vegas on Wednesday hosted by the Nevada State Democratic Party and Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader.

Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Martin O’Malley are scheduled to deliver speeches at the “Battle Born/Battleground First in the West Caucus Dinner.” The sold-out event will not feature debates between the candidates and aims to let the candidates make their case for support, organizers said. Nevada will hold a caucus, and it will be third in the nominating process to vote, after Iowa and New Hampshire.

“It’s a unique opportunity for them to have an audience with a lot of Democratic voters in the state and nationwide to talk about their plans to grow the middle class, to protect Medicare and Social Security, how they are going to create jobs and address college affordability,” said Zach Hudson, communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “We are pretty confident that we will have a substantive, adult conversation from each candidate.”

Mr. Hudson added that the event was aimed at raising awareness about the caucus, the power of the state’s increasingly diverse electorate and the growing political influence of the western part of the United States.

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