Obama to Elko next month; UNR prez forum Aug. 22

Senator Barack Obama plans a campaign stop in rural Elko in early August. And he and the other top three Democratic presidential candidates are being courted to attend a forum later in the month at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The Illinois Democrat intends to visit Elko on August fifth as part of a "rural American listening tour.

Democratic candidates, particularly presidential candidates, traditionally spend little time campaigning in the Republican-dominated rural parts of Nevada, including Elko County.

Last month, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit Elko in 50 years.

Obama says he understands the importance of campaigning throughout Nevada, not just in Las Vegas and Clark County. He has opened a campaign office in Elko.

The event at UNR is scheduled for August 22nd. It is cosponsored by the Washington D.C.-based Brookings Institution and ABC News. In an attempt to give candidates more time to discuss issues, organizers have invited only the top four in the national polls - Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Obama and Richardson.

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