Former US Senator Dean Heller booed in Nevada governor debate after Trump comments

Former US Senator Dean Heller booed during a gubernatorial debate Thursday in Nevada.

The debate, held in Reno, was between eight Republican candidates running for the party’s place in the race against current Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak. Heller, a former ally of former President Donald Trump who has drawn scrutiny within the party after attempting to preserve the Affordable Care Act, has been mocked despite his right-leaning statements. Despite the resulting tension between him and Trump, he did his best to convince viewers on Thursday that they were still close to each other, telling viewers that he spoke to them a few hours ago.

He speculates that most of the harassment came from supporters of Reno attorney and governor optimist Joy Gilbert, who has been vocal about opposing vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic and was present during the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots. Despite Heller, Heller remained positive about his future in the race.

“They know who is leading the race and they are going to be at the forefront of every opportunity,” he told reporters.

Other governors include Las Vegas councilwoman Michelle Fiore and venture capitalist Guy Nohra.

Former US Senator Dean Heller is booed during a gubernatorial debate for Trump’s comments in Nevada on January 7, 2022. Above, former US President Donald Trump points to the former Heller while commenting on health care and Republican incompetence during a luncheon with members of Congress in the State Dining Room of the White House on July 19. , 2017, in Washington, DC.
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Like many Republicans running across the country in the 2022 midterm elections, Heller has rightly worked on issues such as election policy and immigration. What he said started the debate by attributing unprecedented voter enthusiasm to the “Trump effect”.

Gilbert and Fiore’s claims about “critical race theory” being taught in schools, voter fraud, and Gilbert’s argument that politicians need to “get the handcuffs off our (police) officers and let them do their job” Was.

So did his one-liners and Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the only Republican candidate who did not attend Thursday’s debate.

Critical race theory is an academic framework that links a country’s history, including the legacy of slavery, to contemporary laws and racism. Administrators in Nevada have repeatedly denied that it is taught, but it is often used as shorthand by parents opposing the inclusion of concepts such as equality and multiculturalism in the school curriculum.

Fiore, Gilbert, Heller and Lombardo are among a long list of Republicans hoping to oust Sisolak, the first Democrat to win by 5.1 percentage points in 2018. Republicans expect nationwide discontent with President Joe Biden’s economic and social agenda to coincide with the despair of the pandemic. Increase voter turnout and return them to power in Washington, DC and swing states.

Another candidate, venture capitalist Guy Nohra, said, “Given the calamity of the Sisolak administration in the state, people are paying attention.” “I know our side is really being fired. I could see it tonight. I could feel it tonight.”

In Nevada, the economy lives and dies based on sectors such as tourism and live entertainment that cannot easily convert to remote work. The state’s 6.8 percent unemployment rate ranks 50th in the country and employs 66,200 fewer workers in casinos and hotels than before the pandemic.

The candidates linked the mandate to contain the spread of coronavirus to the state’s sluggish recovery. An indoor mask requirement is in effect in 14 of Nevada’s 17 counties. The state mandates masks for K-12 schools in the two most populous counties, home of Las Vegas and Reno, while letting smaller counties set their own policies.

“When I say it’s imperative to ban the vaccine, understand that it comes with economic growth. Because when you ban the vaccine mandate, we get our teachers, our hospitals, and all of our staff back to work. We have people who have been forced to resign because they refuse the vaccine,” Fiore said.

Republicans also previewed how policing and education would be central campaign issues.

Reno Attorney Gilbert said the next governor should not only ban “critical race theory” but also consider funneling education dollars toward voucher parents who want to enroll their children outside of traditional public schools. .

“‘Read till grade 3’, charter school, school choice – it’s all bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s just another bad choice for these kids. I want vouchers. Unless these public schools compete “It doesn’t go far enough,” Gilbert said, referring to the critical race theory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced during a news conference that Allegiant Stadium will host the 2024 Super Bowl on December 15, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine Republicans are expected to run against the incumbent Democratic governor in November’s elections.
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