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Crowds gathering in Las Vegas for Republican presidential debate

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 00:56

Protesters and supporters are gathering at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for the Republican presidential debate. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Republican Presidential Debate on Tuesday (December 15) brought protests and politics to the famed Las Vegas Strip with both supporters and opponents of the GOP keen to have their voices heard. Las Vegas Elvis impersonator Michael Romeo turned up at the Venetian hotel, which is hosting the debate, to speak his mind about candidate Donald Trump's policy on Muslims entering the United States. "I have to deal with Muslims all the time out here being the international ambassador of Las Vegas and I tell you that in all races, all religions, all creeds, all colors, all walks of life, there are the great and there are the bad. So we cannot knock out the great Muslims that want to come here just because there are the bad. There's great French but there's bad French, you know who you are French. There's great Mexicans but there's bad Mexicans, there's great Americans and there's bad Americans, so you can't rule out one nationality or religion for any reason because within any religion, any race, there's going to be good and there's going to be bad," said Michael, who calls himself "Las Vegas' international ambassador." Michael's views were echoed by a group of about 80 protesters who shouted slogans against Trump and other candidates. But other people were there because they like the Republican field. Arlene, a Trump supporter from Riverside county, California, said she believed Trump's policies would protect Americans from terrorism. "I like him, he's going to build the wall, I'm Hispanic but I do support that. Like he says, if we don't have walls we don't have a country and we have to manage that a little better.: Donald Trump will hold center stage as the party front-runner on the main stage, CNN has said, and will be flanked by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.

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Crowds gathering in Las Vegas for Republican presidential debate

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 00:56