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 pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE praised Republican Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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 RosenHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school Key endorsements: A who's who in early states 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.