June 18th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
8 years ago

Angle has run-in with reporter

(CNN) - Republican Sharron Angle has largely avoided interviews with local and national media outlets since capturing her party's Senate nomination two weeks ago, but the newly-minted candidate had a contentious run-in Thursday with a Las Vegas television reporter.

KLAS reporter Nathan Baca asked Angle about a statement on her website that calls for "transitioning out" Social Security and Medicare programs.

"Why do you want to eliminate [Social Security] for younger folks," he asked.

Angle, who had just returned from a visit to Washington, fired back at him.

"You believe the Harry Reid lie," said Angle, who was campaigning at a Las Vegas restaurant. Angle said she does not believe in eliminating Social Security entirely, but instead transferring the money to private accounts that the government "can't raid."

"You're putting words into my mouth from Harry Reid," a frustrated Angle responded when Baca noted that the stock market downturn would have been devastating to seniors if their savings had been privatized.

"I want you to be very clear on this," she said. "I'm here to save Social Security. Harry Reid is here to bankrupt Social Security."

The former state lawmaker, once considered a long shot for the GOP nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in the June 8 primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party organization, and the fiscally conservative organization Club for Growth.

She now faces Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, believed to be among the must vulnerable Senate Democrats, in November.

Reid recently launched a campaign commercial, in which the announcer says, "Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security." Angle's campaign called that ad a "deception, designed to divert attention from Harry Reid's own failures."

When the KLAS reporter asked about her stated opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, Angle then replied, "Where are you getting these questions? The issues are not about the EPA. The issues are homes here in Nevada. He is trying to make this a campaign about me. But, where's Harry? Go ask him. Please go ask Harry about the EPA, and why they have failed."

Angle has criticized the EPA for proposing domestic energy regulations that she has said will be "harmful to most sectors of the domestic energy industry and eventually substantially raise the utility bill of every American."

Baca, who then repeatedly tried to ask Angle an additional question as she exited the restaurant, later said the Angle campaign aide called him "an idiot and another term that can't be repeated."

Campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy told CNN the comments did not come from an Angle aide.

"I reviewed the video," he said. "I do not recognize the person in the video that the reporter was talking to. It was not an employee of the campaign."

A Mason-Dixon poll conducted a week before Angle won the primary showed her and Reid statistically tied.

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. RCasson

    Reid will trounce this tea party loon. The chicken lady had a better chance to beat him than this clown.

    June 18, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Steve in Orlando

    This election will tip to Reid, over the summer. Wait until the debating starts and Angle tries to defend her repeated comments about "second amendment remedies" to elections (i.e. we'll start shooting people if we loose the election). Call people idiots and threatening to shoot them works great when you're courting the Tea Party in a Republican primary, but not so much in a general election. This seat is a must-win for the Republicans if they want to re-take the Senate, it will be fun to watch the fallout of the Tea Party implosion.

    June 18, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. David Hargrove

    Good work, Baca! No more Sarah Palins! Make republicans answerable for their absurd ideas for this nation.

    Thank God someone in the media was willing to make himself a target of the rightwing by insisting this woman answer the questions based on her own words. She can't. She's terrified now. She has just spent a week with republican party leaders telling her to deflect everything to Reid.

    Again, I'm glad this young reporter attempted to hold a politician responsible for her words.

    June 18, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Where does she propose the money taken from the government is put?
    If you want to keep up with inflation you have to put it/invest it somewhere.
    And just recently Mortgage companies, Banks, stock markets and hedge funds and alternative investments did a pretty good job of losing everybodys money including clients and thier own!!
    Typical looney tea party rhetoric having no real value, other than to those who assume if big government gets smaller Investments will get bigger quicker . Would it be that life were so simple!!

    June 18, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. JonDie

    Angle and the Tea Party want to abolish most of the functions of government but wants to save Social Security?

    June 18, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. gt

    thats why they call him " dirty harry" we will do anything to anyone at anytime... reid is old , mean, and dirty... go retire ,, new blood both parties,,,

    June 18, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Ted van Tol

    Save her own money and security, she means!

    June 18, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. jim

    trying to be neutral, here, as i don't live anywhere near nevada, but, she sure sounds like she's got a chip on her shoulder. i'm no fan of harry reid, but I'd be very hard pressed to vote for her after her accusatory responses to seemingly standard and expected questions.

    June 18, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. silencer

    This women is misinformed and stupid. Can't put a statment together withour getting angry. She's done.

    June 18, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. KM

    Should be an easy win for Harry Reid in November if this is the GOP candidate of choice. The Tea Party is the best thing that could have happened for the Dems because it splits the party and you end up with someone like Sharron Angle.

    June 18, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. orlandovjc

    I love how all the Lib headlines SCREAM – confrontation with reporter! Sorry, I read the article and all I saw is that Bacca parroted the Liberal talking points from Reid (who's at 22% approval in his state) and didn't like that she gave him an answer. And then when the the staff called him an idiot for continuing to do it, he got mad and starts whining. I'm sorry that he's an idiot, but I read the account and would concur with the staffer.

    If you want to be a reporter, than REPORT the news, don't manufacture it. If you want to find out what a candidate believes LOOK AT THE RECORD – I'll take the facts of her record over the talking points that Bacca is parroting for Reid.

    lastly, what Angle SHOULD have said is: "Of course, I want to get rid of Social Security – it is BANKRUPT. The more money that these "young people" put in the less their going to have for THEIR retirement. It was a bad idea under the New Deal, it's a bad idea today.

    June 18, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Paul from Phoenix

    That doesn't look like a run in, more like a Q&A, and it seems like she held her own.

    June 18, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. educated american (legal)

    I want out of it- because it is a bigger ponzi scheme than Madoff's!!!

    i will not see a penny of the money i have been paying into for the past 15 years.

    can you say- "unfunded liabilities"?

    June 18, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Allie F.

    I see the Communist News Networks continues to spew venom and lies about anyone opposing Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the rest of the miscreant Dems. You should be ashamed.

    June 18, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Midwest

    Yup, typical Republican nut job who makes a clear, undeniable statement only to say what they just said wasn't what they meant.

    "Transitioning out of Social Security and Medicare" means only ONE thing. Ending the programs.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    June 18, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. andy

    Angle had better be careful..she knows that liberals will attack her for trying to limit the govt handout programs. The US has become a lazy country with everyone(mostly liberals) thinking the govt owes them a living through handouts known as entitlement. Her opponent, Harry Reid, loves entitlement, thats wherer his voting core is.

    June 18, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. demmie

    what a joke! Fail headline is fail. This wasnt a "run in" – this was Angle standing up for herself. I dont care what party she is in but if a "journalist" were to ask anyone such a dumb, loaded question, that "journalist" should be called out. This is no differnt then a "journalist" asking Harry Reid "When did you stop beating your wife?"

    June 18, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    Long live the free press. Keep on askin she will be either caught in a lieor caught in the truth. She said it make her back it up.

    June 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. HillClimber

    Social Security should have three things only done to assure solvency and long term viability:
    One – Assure that no aliens have access to Social Security.
    Two – Remove the Salary Cap of (for 2010) $106,800, allowing 100 per cent of income to be taxed. Obama would then pay $24,000 in tax on his $400K Salary, and Bill Gates would pay $62,000,000 on his first Billion of income, rather than the $6,620 now paid by both.
    Three – Do legislate steps to prevent Congress from raiding the fund for any other purpose. This also will force more prudent use of money which should make both the Republicans and Democrats happy other than the fact they no longer have a sand box to play in. They'll have to put on the "big boy pants" and do it right, rather than easy.

    June 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Jilli

    The more voters hear from Ms. Angle, the less likely they'll be to vote for her and her extreme views. She's a nutcase just ripe for being exposed.

    June 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Lucullus

    Can you say straight jacket? I'd like to think that unbalanced people like her will bring the right wing down but the truth is a good part of this country is not to bright and unbalanced so what hope is there really?

    June 18, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. charles zabielski

    We should get free money from the government. That's what the government is for.

    June 18, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. djh

    Sounds like 'idiot' was the appropriate term – the reporter appeared to be taking a hostile posture from the get go – we've seen it so many times before from you so called 'journalists' in defense of your ideology, your messiah, or his chosen henchmen... indeed, any American citizen who dares question barry's wisdom meets the ire of the media. So, in this case – idiot and what ever he couldn't repeat is likely a heck of a lot nicer than anything I'd say to any of you.

    How about this – why don't you guys try reporting the facts and truth and leave the opinions to us, you clearly can't be trusted to espouse an unbiased review of ANYTHING!

    June 18, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. A keen observer

    Angle is just another radical, religious, right-wing republican nut case. She is forwarding the republican agenda of destroying the United States of America.

    June 18, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Jim in Idaho

    Personally I think that if Arizona elects this woman, they'll get exactly what they deserve. What are the chances of a moron like this actually getting anything done while she collects her congressional perks

    June 18, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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