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Like father, like son?

From NBC's Mark Murray
Besides being about 25 years younger and having a fuller head of hair, Rory Reid is a splitting image of his father, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

They both have the same narrow faces; they have thin, wiry builds; and they wear eyeglasses.

As Rory, the current chairman of the Clark County (Las Vegas) Commission, runs for governor of Nevada next year, perhaps his biggest challenge is whether voters see the resemblance, too -- especially at a time when father Harry is running for re-election and is dealing with dismal poll numbers.

In an interview with a handful of political reporters in DC today, Rory Reid dismissed the talk that it will be a problem for him being on the same ballot with his father next year.

Ultimately, Reid said, he will be running against one of the GOP gubernatorial candidates -- either incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons or Gibbons challenger Brian Sandoval -- and not his father. He said voters will be asking, "'Which of the candidates will make my life better?' And that's why they're going to be voting for me."

"I think the campaign will be about me and my vision for the future," he added.  

Reid said his central message is improving Nevada's economy and making it more diverse by focusing on renewable resources, wind energy, and broadband technology. "I think Las Vegas exemplifies Nevada's problem: a reliance on one industry" -- entertainment.

Reid ducked several national questions. On whether he would "opt out" of the public option if the Senate health-care bill his father has written becomes law, he answered that he has no idea what the eventual health-care law would entail. "I'm not going to get into what the law might be."

Regarding whether he supported President Obama's troop increase to Afghanistan, Reid replied that he's running for governor of Nevada, not federal office. "That policy is best left to the president."

He also declined to talk about his father's Senate race. "I think you should ask him to handicap his own race."

He said he'd rather take questions on his own race, which he said, "I think I'm going to win."