LAS VEGAS (AP) — Republican Congressman Joe Heck says the nation's deficit and debt are the most important issues in this year's presidential election.
Heck says President Barack Obama's historic announcement last week in support of gay marriage was a distraction.
Heck's remarks came during a telephone conference with reporters Tuesday morning. The call was organized by the Republican National Committee. Heck has endorsed Republican Mitt Romney and is his campaign co-chair for Nevada.
Heck says the United States cannot embrace the austerity measures that contributed to rioting in the European Union, but cautioned that unemployment rates could start to grow again if the nation's deficit is not reduced.
He says Romney, despite his wealthy background, appeals to working-class voters because he knows how to create jobs.
Nevada is an election battleground state.
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