Nevada senator's health care views heat up re-election fight

August 02, 2018 - 12:09 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller's sliding positions last year on a long-held GOP promise to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law are providing plenty of fodder for Democrats hoping to stymie his re-election.

Heller is considered the most vulnerable incumbent GOP senator. His shifting views on efforts to dismantle "Obamacare" law last year drew attacks from the left and right.

Democrats aren't letting him forget it.

His opponent, first-term U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, has released two recent health care-related ads with footage of Heller's uncomfortable appearance at the White House last summer. President Donald Trump was next to Heller when he threatened the senator's re-election over the issue.

Heller campaign spokesman Keith Schipper says Democrats are trying to confuse the senator's positions and his votes always protected Nevada.