Feb. 3 - On the eve of Nevada's caucus, republican presidential hopefuls make their final pitchs to voters. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Republican presidential hopefuls make their case in Nevada on the eve of the state's caucus. Speaking to business owners in Sparks, Mitt Romney said a strong jobs report was good news for the economy, but criticized the pace of the recovery. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY SAYING : "This recovery has been slower than it should have been, people have been suffering longer than they should have had to suffer. Will it get better? I think it'll get better. I don't know how long it's going to take. We got good news this morning on job creation in January. I hope that continues, we get people back to work. That is the antidote, by the way, to falling home prices -- is people going back to work, being able to buy homes." In Las Vegas, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, trailing in the polls, is vowing to keep up the fight. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE NEWT GINGRICH SAYING : "Let's talk about our two visions of America, mine is all Americans, mine is inclusive, mine is progress for everybody, mine is a job for every American. I want to pit paychecks against food stamps and I want to say I want every American to have a paycheck. We now know from Governor Romney, he joins Obama. Obama is big foodstamp; he is little foodstamp. They both think foodstamps are OK. I don't think foodstamps are a future for America. They're a necessary bridge back to getting a job and back to being independent of government." Nevada is friendly turf for front-runner Romney, who easily won in 2008, in a state where his fellow Mormons make up about 25 percent of state caucus goers. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters