More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls made their pitches to the Silver State on Sunday at the Nevada Democratic Party’s First in the West fundraising dinner.
After a brief introduction from Nevada Democratic Party Chairman William McCurdy II, MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren introduced a video tribute to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. During the introduction, several in the crowd began chanting “Medicare for All” over Murren’s praise for Reid’s work on the Affordable Care Act. The video featured testimony from House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former President Barack Obama.
The crowd began to chant “Harry” as Reid, dressed up from head to toe and seated in his wheelchair, spoke.
He preached unity among the impassioned followers of the various candidates.
“Here tonight, we have 14 Democratic candidates for the nomination,” Reid said. “And one thing we should clearly understand: When we get that nominee, we’re all going to join together and help them.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden was the first candidate to speak and stuck tightly to his major campaign talking points: his record of “getting things done” and the claim he could beat President Donald Trump, whom he accused of risking his presidency by “trying to bribe foreign leaders” into lying about Biden.
“The risk of nominating someone who couldn’t beat Trump will be a nation and a world our children and our grandchildren won’t want to be in,” Biden said.
Sen. Kamala Harris stuck to her law-and-order guns, playing up her past as a prosecutor and splicing in combat metaphors such as 2020 being “a fight for America’s identity.” She pledged to lift up women, minorities and immigrants while also fighting for economic and social justice.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren kept to her usual event script, sharing her