Republican Senator Dean Heller and U.S. Democratic Representative Jacky Rosen voiced contradicting opinions when asked their thoughts on immigration and the current treatment of children at the border.
A focus group of undecided voters watching along with the debate charted their reactions to the candidates’ answers using handheld dials. Each dial registered voters’ reactions to the candidates’ answers – zero stands for the most unfavorable response, with 100 being the most favorable response.
The focus group held close to party lines during the candidates’ statements on border control, but the independents swayed as Heller and Rosen made their points.
#DeanHeller: When it came to separating families, I was the first when it came to writing a letter to the Obama admin. Heller thinks it’s wrong to separate families. #NVDebate #8NN pic.twitter.com/poHF4JMYXq— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) October 20, 2018
@RosenforNevada on immigration: “I’ve been part of a bipartisan act called the USA act, that actually provides border security and protects DREAMERS.” “We need to stop this reckless family separation at the boarder.” #NVDebate #8NN #JackyRosen #DeanHeller #debate pic.twitter.com/a2PLgVs70W— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) October 20, 2018
The independents viewed Rosen’s remarks on border policy favorably, while they also reacted in favor to Heller pushing for increased care for U.S. veterans.