LAS VEGAS — With a final burst of campaign rhetoric, President Reagan today ended his determined battle to keep Republican control of the Senate, stumping in Nevada and California for GOP candidates believed to be trailing Democratic opponents.
Winding up a two-month, 25,000-mile odyssey, Reagan spoke first to a cheering crowd at an airport rally in Las Vegas for former Rep. James D. Santini, who wants to succeed Republican Sen. Paul Laxalt.
Afterward, Reagan was to stage a campaign finale in Costa Mesa, Calif., at an Orange County rally for Republican Rep. Ed Zschau, who is trying to unseat three-term Democratic Sen. Alan Cranston.
They were Reagan's second appearances in both states in less than a week.
Without mentioning the name of Santini's rival, Democratic Rep. Harry Reid, Reagan said, "It's time we got the facts out about Jim's opponent. I don't think the fiercely independent people of Nevada want as their senator a tax-and-spend liberal who is against a balanced budget amendment.