Steve Sisolak and Joe Lombardo, his Republican challenger, sought to distance themselves from the leaders of their respective parties during a Sunday debate. They tried to appeal to the state’s broad spectrum of independent voters. Many of these voters are frustrated by President Joe Biden’s inflation but also tired of hearing falsehoods about President Trump’s 2020 election.
Next Saturday, Trump will be in rural Nevada to attend a rally with Lombardo (the sheriff of Clark County) and GOP Senate nominee Adam Laxalt. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales considers the two most prominent races in Silver State to be Toss-ups.
Lombardo was asked Sunday if Trump was a “great President” and he replied that he would not “use that adjective.”
“I wouldn’t say that he was great. He was a solid president. During the debate hosted by The Nevada Independent, he stated that he was a good president. Lombardo, however, said that the country was “going backward” under Biden. He cited inflation.
Lombardo, CEO of Nevada Independent, was asked by Jon Ralston whether he agreed or disagreed with Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen and “rigged”.
It’s not minor. “I think there is some fraud in every election. But shouldn’t we have mechanisms to address even that modicum and the confidence that the voter has in the system?” Lombardo stated, agreeing with Ralston about Trump’s efforts to undermine the trust of voters, but adding that he supports additional safeguards from fraud. He added that he was not going to agree 100% with anyone on all things.
Both gubernatorial candidates differed on how to conduct future elections. Sisolak claimed that every voter should continue receiving a ballot by mail. Lombardo opposed this policy, preferring that they only be sent out to those who request them.
Lombardo attempted to disarm Democratic attacks amid a heated national debate about abortion by saying that he now believes Nevada’s current law, which protects abortions for up to 24 weeks, should be kept in place. Sisolak criticized his opponent for changing his position throughout the year. Lombardo, for instance, told a columnist in May that he would support sending voters a referendum to move the 24-week limit to thirteen weeks. His campaign clarified to The Nevada Independent that it would be an “ultimate decision” and that he no longer supports that change.
It’s codified law. It’s codified law. The governor cannot change it. Lombardo stated that there is nothing I can do about it. Lombardo confirmed that he supports parental notification laws, with exceptions for incest and rape. He stated, “I don’t believe any additional legislation should be advanced.”
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has given Democrats a boost
and left some Republicans struggling to find positions that won’t alienate moderate voters.
Lombardo said Sisolak had been manipulating his records to suggest that he would prosecute Nevada women who come to Nevada for an abortion. Lombardo stated that there is another campaign advertisement that is being broadcast now and that it cannot be further from the truth.
The sheriff stated, “I respect a woman’s right to their body.” “Am I going nip away legislation that changes that?” It is not my intention. It is a vote of the people, and if they want to change it I will.
Lombardo was not the only one trying to cause division between his party and himself on Sunday. Sisolak condemned billboards that were erected by a pro-Lombardo super PAC – Better Nevada PAC – that featured a photo of Biden next to the governor with the words “Democrat Dream Team For Nevada” and noted that he had not invited Biden to campaign alongside him in the last stretch.
He said that the President is welcome to visit any state in the country, including the Silver State.
Sisolak stated that Joe Biden inherited many problems from Donald Trump and is currently working to resolve them. These inflation situations are not always his fault. He doesn’t have control over the price of gasoline as much as I do about the prices of chicken and ground meat at the shops. So I believe that the President has done well given what he was presented with.
Sisolak pointed out that Biden “delivered billions to the state of Nevada to fix our roads and bridges, our schools, and our hospitals, as well as create thousands of high-paying jobs. And I’m grateful for that.”
Lombardo, however, argued that the billions that the Biden administration spent to stimulate the economy were a major reason for the rise in inflation. This is a topic that has been the subject of much debate among economists.
Sisolak retorted that the sheriff had not been educated about “the intricacies that cause inflation,” noting other factors such as supply chain issues that resulted in the Covid-19 pandemic or the ripple effects of Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Lombardo promised not to increase taxes if elected, and Sisolak accused him of being too restrictive with school closures and business closings during the pandemic. He argues that these restrictions have slowed down the state’s economic recovery. He claimed that Sisolak relied only on the Democratic California Governor during the debate. Gavin Newsom advised Sisolak.”
Sisolak stated that his primary goal at the time was to “save lives, human lives” and added, “I believe we have saved lives because of the things that we put in place.”