Then. Dean Heller Dean Arthur HellerPoll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada Poll: Majority of…
Then. Dean Heller Dean Arthur HellerPoll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada Poll: Majority of voters say health care ‘very important’ to them in midterms The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs – Health Care A Top Policy Message in Fall Campaigns MORE (R) and Freshman Rep. Jacky Rosen Jacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenPoll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada Dems outraising Republicans in final stretch of midterms The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs – Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House MORE (D) clashed on health care, gun control and President Trump Donald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump about comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE on Friday night in the first and only debate of their Nevada Senate race.
The candidates lobbed accusations at each other, talked over one another and laughed incredulously at their rival’s answers at various points throughout the hour-long debate.
The tense atmosphere on stage in Las Vegas reflected how close the candidates are in polls and the negative tone of the race.
Heller, who is Democrats’ top GOP target in the Senate, leads less than 2 points in the Real Clear Politics polling index, while outside groups have poured more than $ 40 million into the race, according to The Center for Responsive Politics.
Here are five takeaways from the debate:
Heller embraces Trump
Rosen repeatedly called Heller a “rubber stamp” for Trump and argued that Nevadans need to choose someone who will serve as a
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At one point, Heller, Heller embraced the president, arguing that his relationship with him could help the state. was asked to explain his statement during the 2016 campaign that he was “99 percent” against Trump but now supports him on many issues.
Heller argued that Trump’s success, especially his management of the economy, changed hi s mind.
“It’s true. Ask the president. We fought like cats and dogs. What happened was success. What happened was success. He became president of the United States, we started working together, “he said.
” I’ll be the first to tell you I do not agree with everything he says, but I do agree with most of what he does . He has been incredible on this economy. He’s done a great job, “he added.
Rosen scores her biggest hit on health care
Rosen’s most effective moment came to the end of the debate when she challenged Heller to look into the camera and tell a family he with last year why he broke his promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Rosen made reference to Teresa Bohannan in Reno, who met with last year and promised that he would save ObamaCare’s protections for her son Dean, who was born with a congenital heart defect, a pre-existing condition that could affect his insurance rates for the rest of his life.
“Then you went back to Washington and you broke your promise. You caved, “Rosen said.
Heller replied that he helped draft a Republican bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare that would have maintained some protection for people with pre-existing conditions.
“I have two grandchildren with pre-existing conditions. I think it’s ridiculous, congresswoman, that you think that I would not be there for the health and safety of my own grandchildren, “he answered.
Rosen’s campaign immediately issued a press release accusing Heller of lying, pointing to a vote He took in 2011 to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a vote this month to support the Trump administration’s efforts to promulgate low-cost insurance plans, which Democrats say are really “junk” plans.
Heller stumbles on earmarks
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“I have not supported earmarks since I’ve been in Washington, D.C.,” Heller declared. “We need to strengthen the economy. We do not need more earmarks. “
But it was a stumble for Heller, who quickly backtracked and apologized after being challenged by the moderator Steve Sebelius, the host of KLAS TV’s” Politics Now. “
Heller scrambled to explain that he has supported an earmark ban ever since Republicans implemented it after taking back the House in 2010.
“I was mistaken about that,” he said. “When I was first in Congress, yes, we had earmarks , I think for the first couple of sessions. “
Candidates draw contrast on gun control, federal lands
The Senate candidates had one of their clearest policy disagreements when asked whether background checks should be expanded to private sales and transfers, as suggested by Sens. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after Hurrica ne | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rope. Dave Brat gets Trump’s ‘total endorsement’ | Dem candidates raise record B Poll: Dems lead in Indiana, West Virginia Senate races, tied in Nevada McConnell defends Trump-backed lawsuit against ObamaCare MORE (DW.Va.) And Pat Toomey Patrick (Pat ) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute or North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump’s ‘due process’ remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.) After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Rosen said she supports expanding background checks to private sales and restricting the sale of extra-capacity ammunition clips while Heller stated his support for the Second Amendment.
“This question could not put two candidates further apart from each other . I do support the Second Amendment and I will not do anything that will take guns away from law-abiding citizens, “Heller said, adding that he would prefer to ensure that people with” mental problems “have limited access to firearms.  Heller forsøkte at deflecte enhver kritik han kunne tage for ikke at understøtte universelle baggrundskontroller ved at bidrage til at bidra til at passere Fix NICs lov om å opprettholde lovhåndhevelse til mere lettilgængelige oplysninger med det nationale øjeblikkelige Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Asked directly if he supports background checks for all gun sales, Heller said, “No. I do not. Jeg tror på det sekundære ændringsforslag, og jeg vil ikke begrense lovlydende medborgere her i dette land.
But then he added, “I will do expanded background checks. And that’s what the Fix NIC system was all about. “
On federal lands, Heller highlighted his work on deals to open federal lands to private development, which he said would allow communities to expand and reduce the cost of housing.
“I am working on four right now. Four land deals, “Heller said.” I want to know how many you are working on, because what we are trying to do is expand the footprints of these cities so that we can expand housing and make it easier for us to lower the costs or housing here in the state of Nevada. “
Rosen countered by arguing that federal lands in Nevada and the tourism they draw are a major source of economic activity in the state.
“What we need to do is keep our public lands in public hands. I want to tell you that our outdoor tourism industry is so vibrant. It’s almost 150,000 jobs and it’s millions of dollars in tax revenues throughout the state, “she said.
Heller touts Senate experience as a major asset
Heller emphasized his record and seniority in the Senate and relationship with Trump in an attempt to put Rosen, who has served less than two years in the House, on the defensive over her relative lack of experience in Congress.
The Heller campaign blasted out an email early in the debate claiming that Heller has “delivered over 100 pieces of legislation signed into law for Nevadans.”
His campaign also hit Rosen for claiming she has put her name on 50 bills that have passed the House, challenging her to say how many became law and how many she wrote.
Rosen admitted that she has limited experience in Congress but she tried to portray herself as someone less tainted by partisan politics, emphasizing her bipartisan record as a member of the House. Problem Solver s Caucus.
She also tried to turn Heller’s experience against him by calling him a career politician and out of touch with regular Nevadans.