Trump says Heller won lone Nevada Senate debate: 'He beat her very badly'

Trump says Heller won lone Nevada Senate debate: 'He beat her very badly'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE praised Republican Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (Nev.) at a rally in Nevada Saturday, saying that he "beat [his opponent] very badly" in their debate Friday.

The president and Heller previously had a contentious relationship when Trump ran for president. But the two have reconciled and Trump praised Heller's work with him.

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"Once he and I got on the same page, and now we are always on the same page, he has been as smart and tough and strong as anyone in Washington," he told the crowd.

After Heller's presentation, Trump weighed in on Friday night's Senate debate.

"I may be a little bit partial, he really beat her very badly."

Heller credited Trump for allowing his debate against Rep. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (D) to happen.

"The only reason I had that debate is because you embarrassed my opponent into having it," he said.

Heller was referring to clashes that he and Rosen's camps have been having over debate scheduling and location.

It remains unclear if another debate will be held.

A RealClearPolitics polling index gives Heller less than a 2-point lead in the state, which has been a top target for Democrats.