January 27th, 2009
11:30 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP targets Reid in new ad buy

National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .
National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in his own backyard, a Republican source tells CNN.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will begin running an ad Wednesday in the Reno television market and purchase ads on Nevada Web sites criticizing Reid for voting for last year’s $700 billion bailout and now supporting President Obama’s stimulus plan. The NRSC will also highlight Reid’s donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the campaign arm of Senate Democrats that attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, in a similar TV ad during his successful re-election campaign in 2008. Reid is running for another term in 2010.

(Update: the Reid team responds after the jump)

“Super spending partisan Harry Reid,” an announcer says in the ad. “As Democrat leader, he helped pay for vicious attack ads criticizing last year’s bailouts. But guess who voted for the $700 billion bailout. You guessed it, Harry Reid. And now he wants a trillion more dollars in new spending? A trillion dollars? Tell Harry Reid to stop wasting our hard-earned money.”

Reid predicted in a fundraising e-mail sent last month that he would be the Republican Party’s “number one target,” much like former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, was in 2004.

Republicans defeated Daschle that year due in part to a strong candidate in former Rep. John Thune, R-South Dakota; President Bush’s landslide victory in South Dakota; and the constant pounding by the Republican Party.

But unlike that race, a top flight Republican has yet to emerge to challenge Reid. Despite not having an opponent, the Senate majority leader convened his top advisors last month in Las Vegas to discuss the campaign, a source close to Reid said.

Update:
Jon Summers, Reid's spokesman, responded to the NRSC ad buy this morning with this four paragraph statement:

"The country is in the worst economic condition since the Great Depression and Sen. Reid is working with Republicans to rebuild Nevada and the nation.

However, it appears some would rather shout insults and throw stones. Voters sent a very clear message in November: they are tired of bickering and they want change that will make a difference to their lives. Unfortunately, Republicans are choosing to ignore that message.

Nevadans know that Sen. Reid works hard for them and delivers results. He has prevented Nevada from becoming the nation's nuclear dumping ground; is protecting our outdoors so families have a place to hunt, fish, and recreate; and he is leading the charge to create jobs by making Nevada the leader in a clean energy revolution.

Further, starting their campaign efforts so early is a clear signal that they know Harry Reid would be difficult to beat."


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Nevada dude

    SORRY BUT THE GOP DOESNT HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON. 8 YEARS OF RECKLESS SPENDING AND NOW THEY GROW A CONSCIENCE? I DONT BUY IT.

    January 28, 2009 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  2. Objective Thinking

    It's rather disappointing to see such partisan posts, like from Jim in Bisbee and joe six pack.

    January 28, 2009 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  3. John the Gambler

    I'm a conservative Republican living in Las Vegas and I will be voting for Reid. Nevada simply cannot afford to lose such an influential leader in Washington. I'd rather have a Democratic Senate Majority Leader than have a Republican ranked 100th in the Senate. Having Senator Reid on our side is a huge advantage for Nevada. No other senator will ever be able to bring as many resources to the state than Harry Reid. Give 'em hell Harry!

    January 28, 2009 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  4. SomeDude

    "Shouldn't take much to beat Mr. Reid. I can't understand why his own party even likes him. He's a weasel."

    The same reason why we can't understand why the GOP support racists people views.

    January 28, 2009 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  5. DAVE IN CA

    i know a few people in nevada and let me tell you that a lot of them in reid's state are not happy with him.... right around the time obama was elected, mr. reid had already started collecting campaign funds for his re-election..... i think that this door knob has figured out that he has something to worry about come 2010 and i hope that nevada boots him to the curb.....i don't care if it is another democrat that takes office in that state but reid has been in power long enough

    January 28, 2009 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  6. pearl zuckerbrot

    the republican bailout was not wrong. The lack of oversightis the problem which Obama promised to include in the latest bailout. when will the average American realize that the republicans have brought us to 2 severe economic depressions.

    January 28, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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