June 11th, 2010
09:13 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton stumps for Reid, takes digs at Angle

Bill Clinton mocked Angle for 'hiding out.'
Bill Clinton mocked Angle for 'hiding out.'

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday, telling Nevada Democrats that Reid's opponent is "hiding out" because of her controversial views.

"Now you've got to play 'Where's Sharron [Angle]?' because she's hiding out, according to the local news. I might hide out, too, if I said I wanted to get rid of Social Security and Medicare," Clinton told an audience of 700 people during a 30-minute speech in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas-Review Journal.

Clinton also took aim at Angle for support of a plan that would have Yucca Mountain accept nuclear waste. Reid, as have most Nevada lawmakers, opposes opening Yucca to nuclear waste.

Since her victory in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, Angle - a former state assemblywoman who was backed by Tea Party organizations - has largely avoided the spotlight, only granting interviews to conservative talk-radio hosts. Her campaign website has also gone dark except for a page that seeks contributions.

Commenting to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Angle campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy said they have been "overwhelmed."

"Sharron's not hiding out," he said. "We're just taking some time to get things where they need to be to run a general election campaign. We're expanding our operation exponentially, and so we're pretty busy."

In an e-mail to CNN, Stacy also said "Sharron has done several media interviews already since her win on Tuesday, and we’re still scheduling as many as possible."

Reid is viewed as among the most vulnerable Democrats running for reelection this cycle and currently has an approval rating of 35 percent in his home state, according to a recent Mason-Dixon Poll. In the same poll, conducted before Angle's primary victory, she has a 3-point edge over Reid in a head-to-head matchup.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • President Clinton
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. bearli65

    The Republicans only hope for getting of Senator Reid has been dashed when they nominated Sharron Angle. She is a wild dog just like G W Bush and as big a failure. The sad part of it all is if their propaganda campaign works the senior Senator from Nevada will be John Ensign. The Republicans must really proud of that.

    The Republican party must think that the citizens have forgot what the past administration did to this country. 2000-2008 will take a long time to correct and the Republicans are doing everything they can to prevent it from happening.

    It seems that the only hope they have is to blame the economics troubles on the current administration and hope we forget who caused it all.

    June 11, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Sarah's Family

    The Sarah Palin wing of the Republican Party has devastated us and the pundits who claim we Republicans will do well in the mid term elections are wrong. I remember when the GOP stood on principles and fairness. Yes, we really did. Now, we are a fringe party and people like me are forced to look for Democrats who run middle of the road. A sad, sad state of affairs.

    June 11, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Bob in Kansas City

    The Democrats are going to have a filed day exploiting Angles profound ignorance of historical ramnifications of knee-jerk legislation such a Prohibition etc. She is a demogauge as most conservatives are and his still yet another glaring example of how dangerous conservatisms is to a free society. The GOP just handed Harry Ried another elcltion hands down. The voters of Nevada are less stupid that the GOP candidate and will pull the lever on the current additon of moron's representing the GOP!

    June 11, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Rab

    President Clinton please let our current weak and radical President do the endorsements. Reid does not deserve your backing.

    June 11, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. doug

    Now this should be fun, start attacking Bill Clinton and go to Washington. The only President to lie to his own govenment thinks Prince Harry should stay on the job, too funny. Somebody should check How Harry voted on this President. Do you think that Clinton showing up is a coincidence? Wake up America, these are the biggest freeloaders in Washington.

    June 11, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. JonDie

    Angle is a joke.

    June 11, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. eric

    Bill has the same flawed idea as the rest of Liberals. You can chide all you want Bill, but until you find a way to come up with 107 TRILLION dollars to fund social security and medicare with their unfunded liabilities, i too do no see how those programs drive us off a Political and economic cliff. It sickens me how Liberal based Politicians live in the "now" of feel good politics and how it advances their career or agenda, with ZERO foresite to see the ramifications for the future.

    June 11, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. I Am the Great and Powerful Rushracist of Oz

    Good job Republicans: Snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory.

    June 11, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. katiec

    The people of Nevada cannot be dumb enough to elect this fruit cake.
    She wants to get rid of Social Security and privatize it, like Bush, and we all know what would have happened to SS with the financial collapse.
    She want s to make liquor illegal. What would that do to Las Vegas?
    She has such wild ideas, which will be toned down now that she won. The republican party is doing a make over on her, but the voters of Nevada must not forget how ridiculous, irresponsible she is.

    June 11, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. RinMaine

    Now we can see what kind of people are actually present in the Tea Party. She is really sick.

    June 11, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Tom C

    Yeah, lets get rid of social security and medicare. That's the ticket. Meanwhile let's get rid of every tax loophole there is for corporate America. No more incentives to go to another country. No more huge bonuses for CEO's. Let's make tariffs so high that nobody will be able to import or export. Grandma and Granpa don't need that money. They should have been planning years ago. What are they stupid???? Angle is a joke.

    June 11, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Florida Dude

    Sounds like hiding out to me too Bill

    June 11, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Florida Joe

    "Sharron's not hiding out," he said. "We're just taking some time to get things where they need to be to run a general election campaign. We're expanding our operation exponentially, and so we're pretty busy."

    Right, she must be busy dreaming up some more CRAZY IDEAS to advocate for............This woman is about as qualified as Alvin Greene is in SC............Repubs crash & burn!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Patsy, Texas

    Angle must have taken a page out of Rand Paul's book. If they can't
    find you, they can't ask you, but send money anyway. The Tea Party
    sure can "pick'em".

    June 11, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Larry

    I'm all for getting new blood and new thinking in Washington.

    But not in this case.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Riley

    Reid is the one who should be MOCKED! He's been a horrible leader in the senate.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Ramses

    "Give them (Republicans) Hell Harry", Sarah Palin, Tea prty, Fox news, Shawn Hannity. Bill Reiley is tolerable. Let Sarah act smart & talk stupid. We win. Bill Clinton a Great guy. We all love him.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Denny Sangiovanni

    Some one who want to get rid of SS and Medicare should be banned from politics.

    I wonder if she think that everybody is cover like her.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. blancheispoison

    Let's just say that the rookie doesn't want to take on Bill Clinton in a political debate. Or Harry Reid, for that matter. The tea party may be the best thing that ever happened to the Dems when all is said and done.

    June 11, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. Stephen in Bedford, TX

    Sharron Angle is why voters need to take a second look at the people who currently represent them and then ask themselves if they really want to elect them. We need veteran incumbents on both sides.
    When looking at the conservatives record and their ideology it should be easy to defend and support progressives.

    June 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. rdepontb

    Not hiding out??? Ha ha ha!! Her "advisor" has to do better than that. How is she going to deal with non-crazies, after making those wild cracks about the nuclear waste, Medicare...she should have "hidden out" much earlier, it seems!

    June 11, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. jonni

    I am a democrat and have to say that I am so tired of the smearing. I have noticed that our party is ALWAYS the first to through out a negative. This isn't junior high and our country isn't a prom queen or king popularity vote. We are having great issues and I for one am tired of all the rhetoric. Obama is always campaigning and someone needs to tell the man, he won, he is president." Solve the issues. They say the economy is better, we are still having schools shut down, people going homeless, jobs lost as companies down size or close. Kids that can't get jobs as well as college educated adults. We have had mor police lay offs, and communities are fretting safety issues and emergency services are having to merge or close!!! What is getting better? I am thinking it's the run around, that keeps getting better. Stop smearing, we aren't juveniles. Grow up and deal with the issues not with just wanting to make yourself bigger and better. When I was little my mom would say, " just by blowing out the other fellas flame, won't make yours shine any brighter. ISSUES not GOSSIP!!!

    June 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Luke Brown

    She is not hiding out. She is part of the right-wing fringe that has taken over the Republican party. These people hate government. They are bigoted, arrogant, and have no real interest in addressing the challenges of this country.

    Wanting to get rid of Social Security and Medicare is only the tip of the iceberg.

    PS to Republicans ... they don't care about your party either.

    June 11, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. KIC

    That's mocking? Well, if you say so.

    June 11, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Michael

    If this is the kind of change the Tea Party wants, I say No Thank You.

    June 11, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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