Heller - Berkley Debate: Listen On Demand

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Heller - Berkley Debate: Listen On Demand

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Candidates for Nevada's U.S. Senate seat square off in their first debate of the campaign Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. on KUNR, 88.7FM.

Miss Thursday night's Senate debate between Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley? Or just want to listen back to the discussion? You can find the full audio here.

The debate originally aired Thursday, Sept. 27, and was a partnership between Reno Public Radio, KNPB Public Television and the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Who won the debate? Weigh in here.

Analysis

Even if you didn't tune in for the debate between Republican Senator Dean Heller and his Democratic challenger Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, if you've seen the campaign ads, then you saw the debate.

Both sides harped on the same touchstone issues they've focused on in their contentious TV ads. There was tension over the House Ethics Committee investigation Congresswoman Berkley faces. And they traded barbs over changing Medicare.

In an email statement released minutes after the debate, Senator Heller declared himself the winner. While TMCC Political Scientist Fred Lokken said the winner was as uncertain as the outcome of this race. However, he's leaning slightly toward Berkley.

"They're close in the polls and I think they were close in the debate," Lokken said. "But I think in some ways Berkley came across perhaps as less polished and more human, which I think to the average voter connected better than for Heller who seemed to come across as too memorized."

The candidates face off again in two weeks with their final two debates Oct. 11 and 13.