Senate Leaders Staying Close to Home

Posted October 8, 2008 at 2:14pm

The top Senate Democrat and Republican are using the Congressional recess to connect with voters in their home states.

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) schedule is unclear, but he plans to spend his time in Nevada campaigning on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).

Nevada is a battleground state for the presidential race, and Reid is making the case for Obama. Reid will be in the southern part of the state, particularly Las Vegas, throughout the week. Reid will also do some fundraising for his leadership political action committee, Searchlight Leadership Fund.

Reid will be addressing a conference on water and conservation management Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Since the Senate shut down last week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has focused on his re-election bid. According to an aide, McConnell is traveling throughout the state now that he’s free of the Senate’s demanding schedule.

McConnell is being challenged by Democrat Bruce Lunsford. The two will debate on Oct. 23.