‘He’s been there’: Trump stumps for vulnerable Sen. Heller

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 23, 2018

Heller reportedly made the comments during a VIP conference call organized by the Nevada Republican party in advance of the president's Thursday visit.

"Ever since I won the election, he's been there for us", said Trump, who urged Heller's re-election because the Republican majority in the Senate is so slim, 51-49, that the GOP would lose its advantage if "someone had a cold". "We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we'll get through this and we'll get off to the races", he added, according to the Independent.

The judge's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has alleged that while she and Kavanaugh were at a house party in the early 1980s, when the two were in high school, Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes.

Heller returned the praise: "Mr. President, I think you just turned Nevada red today", he said.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

The accusations from Christine Blasey Ford, denied vehemently by Kavanaugh, threaten to slow his Senate confirmation vote, with Democrats saying the FBI should investigate the charges, a demand that is not gaining traction among Republicans. When the story leaked last week without Ford's name, Feinstein explained that she was honoring Ford's request for confidentiality.

Heller is now in a tight race with Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, a first-term congresswoman who stands to benefit from a wave of Democratic and female activism fueled by opposition to Trump.

Heller is arguably the most vulnerable GOP senator up for re-election in November. He's now in the fight of his career to keep his Senate seat in a blue-trending state that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.

With the chances of Republicans keeping control of the House of Representatives looking increasingly dismal, the White House has fixated on keeping the Senate as a bulwark against any Democratic effort to impeach and then remove Trump from office. The poll was conducted prior to the public revelation of the allegation against Kavanaugh.

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