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Protesters Converge Outside Obama's Appearance

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John Potter

Channel 2 News

Presidents and protests go together like Easter and chocolate. Across the street from Electratherm, there were anti-tax protestors...proponents of a Yucca Mountain "energy park". Republicans, and a member of the Green Party. Tea Party members. Others, like Kim Bacchus, were there just on their own. "We are the last, best hope for freedom in this world." Kim never imagined she'd be a protestor 5 years ago. "I never participated in politics at all until 2008." For her and many others there, President Obama is a lightning rod. Her cause: there's not enough drilling of U.S. oil. "We are spending $2 billion in Brazilian oil and not allowing Louisianans to get back to work in the Gulf."

Charlene Bybee is another newbie. She got into politics 2 years ago. Her trigger? "The size of government and spending…it's unsustainable, we can't continue. This president has spent more in his short term than all previous administrations combined."

We also met Ken Koeppe, a man with tea bags hanging from his hat, which he said his wife designed. Ken has been political since Kennedy was president. He's lost count of his protests. His biggest beef with President Obama? The federal debt. "They are wanting to force this country into what I believe is an unrecoverable debt situation."

Other things we heard across from where the President was speaking: Obama has failed to bring jobs. He's using Nevada, with its highest unemployment rate in the country, to campaign for himself. And, he needs to cut taxes. They're not together on an opponent to Obama yet…Charlene said she "can't give you a name yet. There are too many." And Ken hasn't "really focused on anybody." But they all said they plan to, in time for 2012.

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