October 16th, 2009
08:06 AM ET
5 years ago

Reid goes up with first TV ads of the cycle

Reid is out with two new campaign ads.
Reid is out with two new campaign ads.

(CNN) - Harry Reid is picking up the pace as he plunges into what could a very tough re-election bid next year.

The Senate Majority Leader and senior congressional lawmaker from Nevada is going up with the first television commercials of his campaign, with more than a year to go until the 2010 election.

Reid's campaign says the two commercials will begin running on TV in Nevada Friday. One of the ads, called "Hard Work," highlights the four-term senator's deep roots in the state and touts his economic record.

"You know it's never easy, but we've got the people and the resources to come back stronger than ever," says Reid in the commercial, which is scheduled to air in the Reno, Nevada television market.

The campaign says the other ad, titled "Jobs," will run in the Las Vegas market and tells the story of Reid's efforts to help save the nation's largest construction project, City Center in Las Vegas, which would have cost the city 10,000 construction jobs and 12,000 permanent jobs if it had shut down.

Reid's campaign would not say how long either ad would remain on the air, and did not reveal how much money they are spending to air the spots.

The ads' debut comes on the same day that Reid teams up with Vice President Joe Biden, who headlines a fundraiser for the senator Friday morning in Reno, Nevada. Reid's campaign announced earlier this week that they raked in more than $2 million in campaign cash over the past three months. The campaign reports that they have nearly $9 million in the bank, and say they've brought in over $12 million overall for Reid's re-election bid, halfway to the $25 million they've pledged to raise.

Later Friday, Reid teams up with Biden at an event in Reno to tout the federal stimulus program.

The Republican National Committee said it would run a radio ad Thursday and Friday in the Reno media market that links Reid to what it calls the failed economic stimulus package.

"Since President Obama took office, 52,000 Nevadans have lost their jobs, and unemployment is supposed to average 14 percent next year. Seems like we'd be better off with less Washington in Nevada and more Nevada in Washington. We just can't afford the reckless economic policies of Harry Reid and Joe Biden," says the narrator in that radio spot.

The most recent poll of Nevada voters suggests that Reid trails both his Republican rivals in hypothetical 2010 match ups. According to a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released Sunday, Reid is down 10 points to Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and down 5 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian. The poll also indicates that half of Nevada's voters have an unfavorable view of Reid, with 38 percent viewing him favorably.

On Capitol Hill Thutsday, Reid downplayed the survey's results.

"All my polling numbers are fine," said the Senate Democratic leader. "They are not from a newspaper in Nevada that you guys tend to focus on. All my polling numbers are fine. And I'm continuing to do the best I can for the people of this country and the people of Nevada."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Unemployed in IOWA

    just like Obama, all LIES as Reid opens his mouth the LIES just spew forward. I feel sorry for all those democrates that have been sucked into the Obama smoke screen and are allowing Obama and the Democrates to ruin the American dream for our children and grandchildren.

    IMPEACH OBAMA and VOTE OUT THE DEMOCRATES

    October 16, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Fools and their freedoms are soon parted

    Why anyone would vote for Reid is a mystery.

    October 16, 2009 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  3. buckwheat

    The whole Democrat Party will be thrown out of office next election and CNN will be purchased by Rush Limbaugh and dismantled. Harry Reid will host The Price is Right.

    October 16, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. buckwheat

    The time to drain the swamp is before you find yourself swimming with alligators. This last election is a good example of the dangers of ignorance.

    October 16, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  5. Troubled

    I will not vote for one republican in the upcoming elections!

    Obammie cutting back on Medicare and no COLA for social security recipients (this includes the disabled, etc.) will bring a devastating cost.

    Obammie and the democratic congress (isn't this the 3rd or 4th year of complete control) have done more damage than Bush (and I thought no one could do worse!).

    October 16, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  6. Brian

    Harry Reid id the poster child for term limits.

    October 16, 2009 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  7. Todd

    People have really short memories. I happen to remember a time 10 months ago when it was pretty clear we were heading into the Second Great Depression. The US was a worldwide pariah, our environmental policies, education policies, energy policies, foreign policies, social policies and pretty much any other policies you cna imagine were in a total state of disaray and chaos.

    Here we sit able to debate the merits of a health reform bill, anbd we are able to do that because the most pressing of those other problems have been dealt with. Not permanently and the cures of years of mismanegment are not finished overnight, but the Democrats have done a remarkable job thus far. Nevadans would do well to remember what it was like less than a year ago when the other side ran the show. And even now how in a place where they represent less than 1/3 of the population how much damage they still continue to do.

    October 16, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. Reid has GOT TO GO!

    All who live in Nevada HAVE to rally against this creep! He's stealing health care away from seniors in the dark of the night and CNN is laying cover for this imminent failure.

    FIGHT HARRY REID NOW!

    GET OUT TO VOTE AGAINST HIM! WE CAN'T LET HIM RUIN OUR COUNTRY!

    October 16, 2009 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    From what I heard this morning on NPR, Reid is working just fine for Nevada. He made sure that there were exceptions for Nevada and some other states in the Bacus health care bill. I would hope that the people of Nevada ask Reid and themselves if Reid is doing enough for the state and the country as well as what they see as good work for the state.

    October 16, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Soulds like a move of desparation from a desperate old fool. You might as well shoot your load now, Harry. From Senate majority leader to the unemployment line. How the mighty have fallen.

    October 16, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Free Thinker

    The people of Nevada need to give this loser his walking papers.

    October 16, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Hopefully he will talk about how he steered stimulus money to a high speed rail system from LA to LV at taxpayer expense.

    October 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. gramma 73

    Harry Reid is too old to be in DC any longer, In fact most of the people in DC are getting to old and set in their ways. They will, hopefully all be voted out next year or in 2012. They have lined their pockets way too much. That is what DC is good for, lining the pockets of the so called ones that swore to uphold the constitution and to LISTEN to their constituents. Those in DC have forgotten who they work for, which is "We the People". Reid, especially, along with Pelosi and Obama refuse to listen to the people of America and what we want. They think the We the People do not have brains enough to know what is good for us. They sure as hell don't know!!!
    OUT WITH THEM IN 2010 7 2012! Impeach Obama!!!

    October 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. Karen

    If this is" the best you can do for the people of this country and the people of Nevada", you truly need to retire. America needs REAL leadership during these tough times and you aren't doing the job!

    October 16, 2009 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. victim of liberal idiocrisy

    Term limits, term limits, term limits,term limits. There could not be a better example.

    October 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. Wake Up

    "I support big wasteful government, nationalzing industries, blind support of unions, and other cronies of mine". "10 trillion of debt is just a start", "If elected, I will make sure taxes are raised and big govt buracracy is bloated".
    – I'm harry reid and i approve this message.

    October 16, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Tom Bachman

    Any mention of his tax-dodging land deals in those ads??

    October 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. mel

    This guy is a creep and a poster boy for everything thats wrong with the Democratic party

    October 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. jp,michigan

    Time has come, where the American people can make a statement and rid our selves of these politicians. THE POWER OF THE VOTING BOOTH! One by one let them fall the side.

    October 16, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. gt

    angry old man needs to retire,,, the senate looks like a sr. retirement home...new blood both sides,,, new ideads,,, both sides,,

    October 16, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Johnny DC

    Who could possibly be proud of this man? I've heard nothing but disappointment from both Republicans and Democrats.

    Is Nevada that void of leadership that nobody can replace this fool?

    October 16, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. Hugo

    Wake up Nevada and America, Reid is in it up to his neck. All a vote boils down to now days is how much money they spend for the seat, paid for by the lobbyists and special interests they represent! Change America in 2010 and 2012, vote the incumbent OUT!

    October 16, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. seebofubar

    Reid...go away, you've far out stayed your welcome. In some ways though it doesn't matter, it will be a Republican house soon any way and we can get America back on the path of being a shepherd rather than a sheep.

    October 16, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. mark

    This guy is a joke, isn't he already 10 points behind in the polls. goodbye!

    October 16, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. mike

    the republicans say they have the answers to the healthcare and jobs issues but were are they, I don't see anything but the same old crap its
    sad to see that when someone comes up with something different the voters expect it to work like a light switch and when it doesn't the right wing nut jobs jump on it to get votes the one thing they are good at is
    that if one of them fall out of line they shoot them on the spot so do you
    really think your voice will ever be heard if they are elected look at sanford and the rest of them were are there so call moral values that they preach over the years

    October 16, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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