By Geneva Sands - 10/24/11 04:33 PM EDT
"The president is back to doing what he does best — raising money to save his own job,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement.
Obama will be in Nevada, which has the highest percentage of home foreclosures, on Monday to promote a new housing program that will help home owners whose houses are underwater. He'll also promote his American Jobs Act and raise money for his reelection bid. He'll then head to Los Angeles for additional campaign events.
The White House has pushed back on criticism that Obama's intentions are motivated by politics.
"It really is kind of nutty to say, 'well, you’re out there campaigning,' as if there was something wrong with campaigning for a piece of legislation that would help grow the economy and put people back to work," White House spokesman Jay Carney said earlier this month. "So the answer is, yes, he is going out across the country to talk about the very thing that is on most Americans’ minds, the very thing that worries them the most, the very thing that they think Washington needs to do something about."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee also released a Web ad Monday, attacking Obama — along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), who is running for the Senate — for carrying out economic policies that the NRSC says have failed the state of Nevada.
"Their disastrous policies failed. Obama, Reid, Berkley. Now the president is coming to Nevada," says the video.
Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country, at 13.4 percent, followed by California, which has the second-highest rate, at 11.9 percent. The national average is 9.1 percent. Nevada is also an important swing state in the presidential election.