Nightly News | February 03, 2012
>>> these numbers have political implications. they were topic one on the campaign trail today. peter alexander joins me from reno, nevada, where the republicans will caucus tomorrow.
>> reporter: lester, good evening to you. perhaps no state in the country is paying closer attention to these job numbers these days than the state of nevada . they have the highest unemployment of anywhere from the country, nearly 13%. the highest foreclosure rate. mitt romney again attacked president obama for what he called his failed policies, saying he didn't cause the recession, but he made it worse.
>> he used his mandate, being elected, he used that to put through a series of programs he and his base and his friends thought were important, but frankly, made it harder for our economy to recover. so we suffered.
>> reporter: for his part, newt gingrich had sharp words for both the president and mitt romney , who he referred to today as obama light. romney is heavily favored here in the state of nevada ahead of tomorrow's caucuses. he won this state four years ago and leads in the polls here by 20 points.
>> peter, thank you.