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Is the political divide too big to bridge?

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 02:33:10-04

As President Donald Trump held a rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 13 Action News asked supporters and opponents and about the current political divide and if they think there is a way to find a middle ground.

Thousands of supporters waited in line outside the convention center to see President Trump eager to hear his latest messages ahead of the midterm election.

Saying they are happy about what he has done.

"They want a CEO running the country, not a politician," Dan Straley said of his family members who voted for President Trump. 

But as the thousands streamed into the rally, a small group of opponents held a protest outside.

The Republican Party has always been about do your own thing, make sure what you do doesn't hurt you or anyone else," Nick Marquart ,a Democrat, said. "Now they want to enforce their way on everyone else."

When asked about the other side point of view and their feeling towards the ideas, Marquart said he understands where it comes from but doesn't agree with many of the big issues.

"There is a part of me that still understands that message, but as I've become more educated I've seen it is just a talking point and there is not a basis behind it," Marquart said.

Straley, however, said he doesn't know why people oppose President Trump.

"They can't explain financially or fiscally or even morally why they stand the way they stand," Straley said.

Both acknowledged the middle ground should be something politicians aim for, but is something that is hard to accomplish in the supercharged political climate that is often filled with loud voices and name calling.

"I don't think it is the majority of Democrats or the majority of Republicans doing the yelling.  It is the squeaky wheel gets the attention, the squeaky wheel gets the grease," Straley said.

 "I think that is the way it should be, unfortunately, the discourse has changed where that type of conversation is not allowed to happen.  It has become very vitriolic," Marquart said.

Not everyone in the crowd was so set in their ways, some just wanted to see the President of the United States in person.

One of those people was Michael Shackleford who considers himself a centrist with a slight left leaning ideology.

When asked if he thought the political divide could be closed by people finding a middle ground.

"I don't think so, because the way you get elected is to be an extreme or one side or the other and fight passionately for those issues, and the centrists like me are just boring and I tend to think most people don't vote for them," Shackleford said.