Reid likens Obama to Reagan ahead of visit

President Barack Obama will campaign with Harry Reid at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Thursday, the Senate majority leader’s campaign announced Tuesday.

Obama will then deliver a speech on the economy Friday morning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s also expected to appear at a fundraiser for the senator.

Reid, who faces Republican Sharron Angle in November, sounded excited about the overnight presidential visit.

“I’m happy the president’s coming,” Reid told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after he toured a construction project in North Las Vegas Tuesday. “He’s got a plate full of problems.”

Asked if Obama’s visit will help his chances, Reid talked about how the late President Ronald Reagan came to Nevada to campaign for his GOP opponent when he first ran for Senate in 1986.

“Every time he came my numbers went down,” Reid said with a smile.