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Trump Praises Pence, Adelson Before Full House In Henderson

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Reno, Nev.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke to a packed Henderson Pavilion on Wednesday during a day long campaign swing through Nevada.

In a nearly hour long speech, the New York businessman praised the previous night’s debate performance of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act; and gave a shout out to casino tycoon and GOP donor Sheldon Adelson.

He also brought on stage family members of those killed by people who were in the country illegally, and he touted his support by the border patrol agents union and Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

It was vintage Trump, said National Public Radio correspondent Scott Detrow, who regularly covers the campaign.

“This was a typical Trump stump speech,” he said. “He touched on a wide range of topics.”

Besides immigration, Detrow said the nominee talked about trade deals, security and crime. He said it was a typical speech in which Trump paints a grim picture of the economy, inner cities and more.

“It is not a pretty picture that Donald Trump paints, but it is something that a lot of people at his rallies agree with,” he said.

Like all of Trump's rallies, Detrow said the nominee used the same off-the-cuff, blunt speaking style, which his supporters love.

“People at the rallies really do love that part about him," he said, "They think that he is an unvarnished guy. He’s a truth teller those are kinds of phrases you hear over and over when you ask people what they like about him.” 

Less typical were the Elvis Presley and Donald Trump impersonators who were in the audience.

“You could really tell the Las Vegas flavor,” Detrow said.

After speaking in Henderson, Trump flew to Reno for another rally. Polls show a tight race in Nevada between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Detrow believes North Carolina and Nevada are really too close to call. But in national polls Clinton has a slight lead. Although, Detrow pointed out the Democratic candidate has seen her poll numbers ebb and flow throughout the election season.

“It seems like Clinton is starting to regain a lead again," he said, "The question is: is this another big sustained bounce for her or will Donald Trump have a chance to cut into it? It is hard to say for sure because there are two more debates as we saw last week that is a moment in time where tens of millions of Americans are paying attention and the candidate can have an impact if they’re having a good night” 

Scott Detrow, correspondent, National Public Radio 

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