U.S. President Barack Obama calls out Republicans for blocking many of his policy initiatives, telling supporters in Nevada that a vote for the GOP is a vote for ''gridlock''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama on Sunday (October 23) campaigned in the battleground state of Nevada for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate he wants to succeed him in the White House - but he spent most of his time talking about the state's Senate race. Democrats badly want to get back control of the Republican-controlled Senate in the Nov. 8 election, and are sending Obama, Michelle Obama and Joe Biden to states where close races could tip the balance. In Nevada, Obama reserved most of his firepower for mocking three-term Republican U.S. Representative Joe Heck, who had supported his party's presidential candidate until earlier this month when Donald Trump's campaign went into crisis mode by the release of a video in which he lewdly bragged about groping and kissing women. Obama called out Heck and other Republicans for failing to repudiate Trump saying, "you don't have to be a Democrat to think there's something wrong with that; you just have to be a decent human being." Obama also said a vote for Republican congressional candidates is "a vote for more gridlock." Republican leaders have rejected many of Obama's legislative initiatives and nominees out of hand. Obama nominated Merrick Garland to succeed Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court last March but Senate Republicans have refused to hold a hearing or vote on the nomination. The Nevada Senate seat is the only Senate race this year that Republicans could flip to their control. The seat has long been held by Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, who is retiring. In the final two weeks leading up to Nov. 8, Clinton said she planned to work hard to support congressional and state races.