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 TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE praised Republican Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump’s shifting Cabinet to introduce new faces Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 Progressive strategist says changing demographics will help Dems 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 RosenInflux of women in Congress can improve women’s retirement security Overnight Health Care: DOJ seeks extension in ObamaCare lawsuit due to shutdown | Poll finds voters oppose court ruling against health law Press: White House not only for white males 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.