By SANDRA CHEREB
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Don't mistake Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's invitations to the Republican presidential contenders as anything more than a hospitable gesture. The governor is staying out of the nomination fight despite his rising stature in the GOP.
Sandoval has invited the candidates to his office this week as they campaign ahead of Saturday's caucuses. If they make the trip to Carson City, they can count on a smile and a handshake but no public stamp of approval.
Sandoval was quick to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the presidential race, only to see him drop out last month after dismal showings in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Now, Sandoval is pledging his "full support" to whomever wins the party nomination.