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NV Latinos Cheer Obama, Administration's Public Lands Efforts

PHOTO: President Obama selected Nevada as his 'study hall' for this week’s national debates.
PHOTO: President Obama selected Nevada as his 'study hall' for this week’s national debates.
October 1, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - President Obama selected Nevada as his "study hall" for this week's national debates. He began his three-day stay with a weekend rally at a Las Vegas high school. This was Obama's first visit to the Silver State since designating Chimney Rock as the newest national monument in the West. Surveys show Hispanic voters support protecting public lands and the jobs that go with them.

Leo Murrieta, Nevada director of the nonpartisan group Mi Famila Vota, says this is the kind of issue that could increase Latino voter turnout in Nevada.

"We're out there every day making sure that people have the information they need to go vote, that they have everything that's within their rights to go vote, and if news like this is something that really inspires them to go vote, then we welcome it."

Sunday's rally took place at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas. A 2012 survey indicates 70 percent of Hispanic voters are in favor of designation of new national monuments.

Murrieta says in addition to thanking the Obama administration for its support of Chimney Rock in Colorado, many of the Latinos who came out to cheer the President on Sunday are also hoping for his support for additional public lands protection in Nevada.

"We're really excited that more areas are being designated as national parks and national monuments, because it really helps local economies. And we're actually looking forward to hopefully getting an area here in Nevada, Gold Butte, to receive the same designation."

The survey also shows that 90 of Hispanic voters consider outdoor activities important to their families. The survey, released by the National Council of La Raza, was taken in May of this year.

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Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV