Sen. Dean Heller (R) and House Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) were participants in their first and only debate on Friday Oct. 19, 2018 where they accused, attacked and scoffed at each other. The race is seen as decisive in whether or not the Senate can change from a Republican to Democratic majority. Josie Steehler reports.
Trial or Debate?
The candidates threw their opinions concerning one another’s political affairs as if the debate were a trial intending to unveil a truth, but this wasn’t a trial. The intention of the two, to debate their proposed legislation and solutions to the issues being faced in Congress everyday, seemed muddled by allegations and misleading responses.
Despite all of the accusations being made about the honesty of each candidate, there were a few solutions spotted amid the rebuttals and answers.
Heller suggested in his first answer that he agrees with Governor Brian Sandoval on pre-existing conditions, children under the age of 26 being on their parents insurance and expanded Medicaid protection for Nevada.
Rosen replied with her two solutions for fixing “skyrocketing” (as one of the moderators said) healthcare costs and keeping coverage for pre-existing conditions, but toward the end of her response she started to accuse Heller of lying.
“You know Sen. Heller, just because he says something doesn’t mean it’s true,” she said. Rosen also defended, against Hellers claims that she went to the border just for a photo opportunity, while also claiming he was being misleading on his immigration policy efforts.
“Well, first of all what she said isn’t true,” Heller said in his rebuttal.
A Cesspool of Confusion?
Did the half-answered questions and unrelated bickering create a cesspool of confusion for voters looking for answers?
While the two maintained a calm and cool composure sealed with smiles and hints of mockery, it was obvious that neither believed one another. Was this the point of it all? To create a larger cloud of confusion for watchers and voters?
Through all of this, though, there were a few more of solutions offered to problems Nevadan’s face.
From Helping Veterans to Combatting Russian Interference to Critical Tweets
“500,000 Veterans today have healthcare and benefits that they otherwise would not have had,” Heller said after he said he had passed, “over 40 pieces of legislation,” in favor of veterans.
“We do need to be sure that our Secretary of State, and the secretaries of states across this country don’t engage in voter suppression, that our tribal lands are free to vote,” Rosen said as to what she thinks is an appropriate response to Russian interference in our elections.
The public was very aware of what was unfolding on the television and the Tweets were also critical.
The Winner Was in the Eye of the Beholder
While there were mixed reactions from viewers it is clear that the winner of the debate is in the eye of the beholder. Both candidates danced around questions, and offered few tangible solutions. Their platforms reflect what went unsaid in their answers at the debate.
Learn about your candidates, make judgement calls and vote. The midterm elections could be detrimental to the state of the country and Nevada as a whole and voting in this so-called purple state may affect generations to come.
Commentary by Josie Steehler shared with the Reynolds Sandbox