Vice President Joe Biden
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Biden Says Middle-Class Is Getting 'Clobbered'

Vice President Joe Biden said the middle class is being “clobbered” in Las Vegas on Thursday.

But he blamed that on problems he and President Obama inherited in 2008.  

“We took care of the really bad things,” Biden told a crowd of about 400 at a Democratic campaign rally, comparing the Obama Administration’s work on the economy to pulling a car out of the ditch, putting tires on it and sending it speeding down the road. 

Biden encouraged voters in the swing state to let Democrats continue their work by supporting Hillary Clinton and Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto. He said that they have plans to provide equal access to public education, affordable college and money to invest in renewable energy would be a boon to the economy, unlike giving tax breaks to the rich.

“Here’s the point I’m making: It’s time everybody start paying their fair share,” he told the crowd of supporters and a few protesters.

A new national survey by Rasmussen Reports found 63 percent of likely voters think the economy is unfair to the middle class.

However, Charles Munoz, campaign director for Republican Donald Trump in Nevada, said the weak recovery from the 2008 recession will continue if Clinton is elected.

"Nevadans are tired (of) the failed status quo from corrupt Washington politicians,” he said. “A Donald Trump presidency would bring that change."

Clinton is clinging to a 1.4-point lead over Trump in Nevada’s close competition for the White House, according to Real Clear Politics polling averages.

The race to replace retiring Democrat Sen. Harry Reid is also a toss-up with Republic Joe Heck leading Cortez Masto by 44 to 40.6 percent. The two are scheduled to debate on Friday evening in Las Vegas.

Winning the longtime Senate leader’s seat would bring the Democrats a step closer to scoring at least four spots they need to flip the balance of power in chamber.

The Democrats may benefit from having more money and better organization. 

Clinton has raised more than twice as much money as Trump in Nevada too. Her campaign contributions totaled about $1.6 million compared to her opponent’s $834,872 in donations, FEC filings show.

Clinton also has a stronger ground game with more than a dozen offices across Nevada. Trump organizers run the battleground state’s campaign from a Las Vegas headquarters and share space elsewhere with other GOP groups.

Another advantage was apparent at Biden's rally: union support. The Culinary Union is one of the Silver State’s largest political backers. It is putting many of its 57,000 hotel and restaurant workers in Reno and Las Vegas to work, knocking on doors and making calls to drum up support for Democrats. Organizers helped about 2,200 members become American citizens and registered more than 8,000 voters during the past year.

Hundreds of Trump International Hotel employees plan to picket next week outside the 24-karat-gold gilded tower just off the Las Vegas strip.

The workers who clean the gleaming 64-story skyscraper and deliver food and drinks to its guests, voted in December to unionize. 

Trump and co-owner Phil Ruffin argue they don’t have to negotiate with about 500 employees because the vote was invalid, court records show.

Another labor rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday outside the hotel on Fashion Show Drive. Workers and their supporters plan to “symbolically block hate” by building a wall before the 6 p.m. presidential debate.

Trump and Clinton are scheduled to return to Las Vegas for the final presidential debate on Wednesday evening at UNLV.