June 14th, 2010
08:52 AM ET
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Conservative group launches ad against Reid in Nevada

The conservative organization American Crossroads is up with a new television ad Monday that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The conservative organization American Crossroads is up with a new television ad Monday that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Washington (CNN) - The ad wars in Nevada's Senate battle are heating up.

An independent conservative organization announced Monday that they are up with a new television commercial in Nevada that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his part in passing last year's federal stimulus plan.

"With Nevada in economic free fall, Harry Reid brags about his taxpayer-funded $787 billion bailout, saying, 'There's no question our hard work is paying off.' Paying off? Paying off for whom?" asks the ad, by American Crossroads, an independent organization created earlier this spring by a group of influential Republicans who's goal is to raise some $50 million to assist the GOP in this year's midterm elections.

The ad closes by saying that "more than 180,000 Nevadans are out of work. Nevada home values have plummeted…record foreclosures. Harry Reid's work is paying off, alright: paying off for Harry Reid's friends in Washington. But leaving Nevada – with what?"

American Crossroads says its spending $120,000 to run the commercial statewide for a week," according to their website.

The ad comes three days after Reid launched a commercial targeting his Republican challenger Sharron Angle's stance on Social Security.

"Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security," says the announcer in the commercial. "She'd cut benefits for everyone coming into the system."

The former state lawmaker, once a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last Tuesday's primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group.

The ad by Reid was released one day after the longtime Nevada Democrat came out with two campaign commercials touting his ability to create jobs in his home state.

Polls suggest that Reid faces a tough road to re-election this year as he bids for fifth term in office.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Reid needs to go. No if's, ands, or buts.

    June 14, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. JOhn

    It still comes down to the Right, arguing about how the left is handling the recovery and repair of the damage the right has done. There is still not reason to ask for more of what got us here. Maybe the Dems could be fixing things faster, maybe not. The one certainty is returning to the GOP policies that just blew up in our faces is still a bad decision, no matter who the incumbent is.

    June 14, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. gary

    Reid is stupid and corrupt and needs to go. We need a different senator from Nevada and a different senate leader. Get rid of this bum.

    June 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Riley

    Good-bye, Reid. You let us down in so many ways!!!

    June 14, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. rob

    So Reid and the Dems first "Attack" ad says Angle "wants to wipe out Social Security" This is pure and simple lying and Fear mongering.

    Watch for a nasty campaign from Reid, he will do and say anything to get re-elected and the Liberal Media won't call him on it.

    Come on Nevada, you have to send Reid home and send a big message to Washington.

    June 14, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. GL

    This ad is weak becasue the it was President Bush who passed the bill. They need to come up with something new are they are goig to lost big time in Nov.

    June 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    From the outset, I've been against helping "Big Business" and the people who put their money and faith into them. Bailouts should be for PEOPLE, especially taxpayers who are going to have to pay the money back.
    The bailouts should have gone to homeowners who have or will eventually lose everything because of corporate greed.
    The bailouts should have gone to SMALL businesses who would have used the money IN THIS COUNTRY to hire AMERICANS to help build the country back up.
    The bailouts SHOULD have gone to infrastructure, teachers, police, fire workers who teach and protect us from day to day, NOT to big corporations to fund lavish golden parachutes, bonuses, fancy retreats and the like.

    Having said all that, this Democrat accepted the fact that GWB was trting to help, and MUST, therefore accept that THIS President is trying to help. SO WAS/IS HARRY REID.
    And ANYONE who took any of the bailout money has no right to complain.

    June 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. GL

    The ad is weak and old news.

    June 14, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Nothing is too big to fail

    I'm going to donate to Sharron Angle right now, to make sure reid goes home for retirement'

    June 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Michael

    American Crossroads must surely be aware of the entire nation coming out of the recession.
    More likely, they are grumpy because someone besides themselves and their rich friends are also seeing benefits for once.

    June 14, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. w l jones

    The 787billion dollar stimulus package time seven can be seen all over the city i live in . One can see for him or herself all the massive constructing going on as well new business coming on line knowing our government for we the people of our great country. Again a good man for good caring people is what we have here.

    June 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Marcus

    Bail Out?
    The money was (or is in a few cases) paid back with interests!
    Liars and losers!

    June 14, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Mr. Ried, you are doing a good job

    keep up the good work, we are pulling for you

    June 14, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. sharon

    miss Angle and her comments on ending Socical Security as well as other programs is a GREAT gift to Dem.'s.

    June 14, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. John

    The bailout, which both parties had a part in, seems to have prevented the bottom from falling out of the world economy.

    June 14, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Slider

    In other news, the Democrat-controlled Congress cannot pass a balanced budget.

    That's what's important. What isn't important is producing a story on a politician who is about to get thrown out of office.

    June 14, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Robert J

    These Republicans make me sick. The same old crap is spouted over and over again.
    Lower Taxes – smaller government -less regulation. – well we had it all for the last 15 years and look at the mess we are in – now the morons elect people like Palin and the new ding bat in California that damn nearly destroyed a fortune 500 company single handidly. Then she comes on TV and balmes the current admin for the mess we are in.
    they are so dumb they can't understqand the simple fact that after all these years their stupid ideologies are stupid and don't work – never have – never will.
    I can't wait for November to put a rag in these Republivan morons mouths so we can get to the business of getting this country straightened out!

    June 14, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. David in Houston

    I would like to take this moment to congratulate Mr. Reid on his upcoming senatorial victory!

    I would also like to give a warm thanks to all of the tea-partying birthers out there...without whom this wonderous achievement would not have been possible!

    June 14, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. ken1952

    Hope the people in Nevada are smart enough to get rid of this long time looser.

    June 14, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    Angle is an ideal candidate. And when I say ideal, I mean she'd be an ideal candidate as one of Iran's first Mullahs, as long as her beliefs aren't too radical for them. She may be a little too far right for even their taste.

    June 14, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    When are the idiots on the right going to acknowledge that their states would be in deep trouble without Federal stimulus funds?

    In GA, our state got billions, yet all the Repugs voted against it and campaign against it. Try running your state without the Feds before you complain about the Federal money. Unless you like being a lying hypocrite.

    June 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Bill NY

    His people need to present a counter ad that shows a big difference between Obama's stimulus and Bush'd. With Bush he just gave away 780 billion with no strings attached. With the Obama plan the money is being repaid(in some cases at a profit). Big, Big difference. Come on! Show them as the liars they truly are.

    June 14, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. JAMES A. MELCHING

    Looks like BLOOD LETTING has been revived with the advent of evicting all incumbents. As history portrays hemorrhaging gets reid of all the Bad spirits, Harry Reid will fade with the flow. Too much power –too much corruption. Some people just don't know when it is time to leave the Party, resulting in forced expulsion. Hey! Senator Reid, the party is over! Enjoy your remaining years.
    James Melching/Springville, Ca.

    June 14, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. katiec

    An independent conservative group? What is your definition of this CNN? Which "independent" group is Rove behind? Are any of the rich radical rights that sponsor and support the tea partiers involved?
    Why is Angle in hiding? How long will it take to whip her into the republican mode, cover up her irresponsible ideas, beliefs?
    If the voters of Nevada vote this ridiculous woman into office, than, they deserve whatever diasters occur.

    June 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. marco

    The American Taliban Party will do and say anything to get elected. A lot of the econimic problems facing Nevada started long before Obama and the stimulas bill. And by the way, the stimulas bill helped keep Amercia from falling into a depression. The bail out bill was approved by Bush.

    June 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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