Sen-elect Rosen: Protecting preexisting conditions top job

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Tuesday night, she beat Dean Heller by five points.

Friday morning, she's recovering from a bruising campaign and the thrill of victory.

“I lost the voice and gained a Senate pin,” Senator-elect Jacky Rosen said with a smile Friday morning at the Nevada Democratic Party Headquarters.

As of Friday, Rosen is the Democrat's only gain in the U.S. Senate, which makes her one of the party's biggest midterm stars.

The campaign against Heller was tough and hard, but she says he was nothing but gracious in his concession call.

“He was fantastic. He called to congratulate me. It was hard. He said it was the first time he'd ever lost a race. He congratulated me on running a good race and said that he was proud of the work that he did in Nevada, and I think that he has worked hard for the last 30 years, and then we talked about the transition,” Rosen said. She told reporters Heller’s staff and her’s will work to make sure no constituent casework gets lost in Nevada's soon-to-be Senate shuffle.

Heller's seat will soon be hers, and Nevada will soon be the 5th state to be represented in the Senate by two women.

Health care was her signature election issue. Her number one priority in the Senate?

“Protecting preexisting conditions,” she says.

Rosen says she wants to be bipartisan. In the house, she's part of something called the "Problem Solvers Caucus" -- Democrats and Republicans working for common ground on issues.

She says that can happen, too, in the Senate.

“There's a lot of things, especially infrastructure, roads, bridges, mass transit, there's a lot of things that we really get along on,” Rosen says.

Tuesday night, Democrats recaptured control of the house. Rosen says that's good news in the fight against Yucca Mountain, the Nye County nuke waste dump Republicans want to revive.

“Well, I can tell you it's really great that we took the majority in the house, because that's gonna stop it over there, for sure. There won't be funding, of course, all appropriation, all funding comes out of the house,” says Rosen.

Rosen met reporters as America, once again, reels from a mass shooting, the latest happening this week in California. 12 people died at a country-and-western bar in thousand oaks, victims of an ex-marine who came in shooting.

Rosen says Washington and her soon-to-be-colleagues in the Senate must act.

“I hope that our colleagues on the Senate may have seen what’s going on in this country and have a little bit more empathy for ways that we can protect the 2nd amendment and protect our public health and safety,” says Rosen.

The day after the election, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, frustrated that Sessions recused himself in ongoing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The president appointed Matthew Whitaker, a political appointee, as acting attorney general.

“The newly appointed attorney general appears to have publicly condemned the Mueller investigation. I believe he should recuse himself,” says Rosen.

The president campaigned for her opponent. Her message today to Donald Trump:

“The president has to think about who he is as ‘uniter-in-chief. He's not constantly on the campaign trail. He has a real job to do,” says our senator-elect.

She takes office on January 3rd, 2019.

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