Heller opponent attacks him on ties to Ivanka Trump

Heller opponent attacks him on ties to Ivanka Trump
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Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOvernight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children GOP plays defense on ObamaCare’s pre-existing conditions Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November MORE's (R-Nev.) Republican primary opponent Danny Tarkanian launched an attack against the incumbent senator that focuses on his ties to first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpHard choices in training Americans for AI workplace of future Ex-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events MORE.

Tarkanian, 56, unveiled the attack Wednesday during an interview with local KBET radio host Kevin Wall, focusing on the first daughter's politics in an effort to characterize Heller as liberal.

"Dean Heller's saying that he talks to Trump on the phone all the time," Tarkanian said. "Well, Ivanka Trump was a Democrat, and she's very, very moderate to liberal, compared to the Republican base."

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Tarkanian later said in a statement to CNN that he "did not say nor mean to infer a relationship with Ivanka is a bad thing. It is a good thing. She is the daughter of the president."

But he added that Ivanka Trump "is a registered Democrat and more moderate than the GOP base, which means her political views are probably similar to Heller's views, because he is a moderate to liberal."
 
 
 
Heller faces an uphill battle in the upcoming midterm elections. He drew the ire of the president last year when he publicly opposed the Republican ObamaCare repeal effort.
 
President Trump singled out Heller during a White House summit last year, joking he thought Heller would vote for ObamaCare legislation because "he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"