President Obama begins a three-day fundraising campaign swing through western states Monday in Las Vegas. Nevada was hit hard by the housing downturn and the state has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Longtime Nevada political observer Jon Ralston says when President Barack Obama arrives in Las Vegas, he'll face a population that's been beaten down by the economy and is wary of political solutions.
Will the president be able to gin up enough enthusiasm to win this state in 2012 as he did in 2008?
Jon Ralston, political and business columnist for the Las Vegas Sun