Washington (CNN) – The woman hoping to unseat the most powerful member of the Senate paid a visit to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet the people whom she hopes to call colleagues.
Sharron Angle was officially introduced to the Senate Republican conference at their weekly luncheon, where the Nevada GOP senatorial nominee met with individuals and briefly spoke to the group about her campaign to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
While it is customary for senatorial candidates to come to Washington and meet with sitting senators, Angle's victory in the Nevada primary one week ago raised concern among some Republican party officials who deem her support for phasing out social security and dismantling the Department of Education as out of the mainstream.
Angle's invitation to the Capitol came from Nevada's other Senator, John Ensign, who said her presentation was "very positive" and that her positions are in line with those of fellow Nevadans.
"Her social security position, first of all, is the same on I have and have had for years. They tried to attack me in the campaign. Bottom line is, she wants to save social security... [and] I think it's a very reasonable position," Ensign told CNN.
Angle quickly exited the Capitol after the luncheon without speaking to reporters.
While Ensign has the notoriety of losing to Reid in 1998 by a mere 459 votes, the man who last toppled a sitting party leader is Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, who bested then-minority leader Tom Daschle in 2004.
"I get the impression she's a fighter. I don't think she's going to be somebody who they're going to just roll over," said Thune after meeting Angle. "She understands what its going to take to win and is committed to do it."
Other Senators who attended the event gave her positive reviews and said she will be a formidable opponent against Reid.
"This is going to be a referendum on the policies of spending and debt. And I think the challenge [Harry Reid] has, the majority leader has, is he's been the chief water carrier for the president's policies that have turned out to be enormously unpopular, not only in Nevada, but across the country," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Cornyn is also chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is tasked with helping elect Republicans to the Senate.
Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain said he is "confident" that Angle can beat Reid and is ready to campaign for her, once he is asked.