(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