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Obama, Romney to speak at VFW convention in Reno

President Barack Obama speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Phoenix, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.
President Barack Obama speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Phoenix, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. — President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will visit Reno on back-to-back days this week in what historians call a first for the city.

Obama is scheduled to speak Monday and Romney Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention.

Former Nevada state Archivist Guy Rocha told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/NLeQT3 ) that his research shows no previous time when both major-party presidential candidates visited Reno on back-to-back days.

The VFW convention is expected to draw 10,000 visitors through the time it ends Wednesday. Reno's biggest single-week convention of the year, it's expected to pump an estimated $12.7 million into the local economy.

The presidential candidates' speeches will not be open to the public.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com