June 18th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
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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)

    Sure you do Mrs Angle, like the rest of your tea bag swallowing crooks. Privatize social security so instead of the government raiding it as you and your flock love to put it, then Wall Street can raid it to make more corrupt shady deals to lead millions of seniors broke with nothing. Because that's exactly what would have happened had Bush been allowed to privatize Social Security in 2005. Senior would have lost EVERYTHING during the meltdown and Republicans would have not even gave a damn.

    June 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    She's correct. Social Security should be put back in the trust fund lock box situation that it had originally. When it was thrown into the general fund, the ability to grow was defeated.

    June 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. JD

    Why is Sharron Angle running for public office if she is so anti-government? Will she volunteer her time and not take one tax dollar in salary? She wants the government to privatize social security and expects Americans to invest in the stock market. That is not security. This is high risk. She wants 'us' to go bankrupt! I would love to know who is actually funding her from the top corporations. Instead of answering questions about any important issue, she bad-mouths Harry Reid who is an excellent politician and a good human being. She may represent Nevada but if she is elected she could destroy all of us and any benefits we are entitled to.

    June 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. USN

    Do you trust the government with your money ? Your health ? THe oil spill?.... A fork ?

    June 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Dave Harris

    This is so sad. Now she's going to have to deny that she ever said all of those nutty things that she had to say to get Republicans to vote for her. Let's see, she's going to "save Social Security", so Harry Reid can't steal it, by turning it over to Wall Street, where it will be stolen by the crooked bankers. And where is the money going to come from to continue paying the old people when the young peoples' money is no longer going into the fund? This is so ridiculous, she could wind up out-Palining Palin.

    June 18, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Tony in Maine

    Maybe she's be happier in Somalia. just think – great weather, white sand beaches, no business regulations, no taxes, no bothersome laws, he who has the biggest guns and most gold wins. The Republican dream.

    Angle in Mogadishu.

    June 18, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. dale

    Does anyone else her the Dueling Banjos playing when she talks?

    June 18, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Brent

    Sounds like she's trying to blame Reid for her own position, and the potential problems her position creates. If she can't stand behind her own beliefs, why should anyone stand behind her?

    June 18, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Monrob

    Yeah Ms Who Ever You Are, you want the same as Bush and we already REJECTED that. This woman is equal to Sarah Palin in IQ!

    June 18, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Jeff

    The Tea Party Express: the gift that keeps on giving (to the Democrats).

    June 18, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. kate

    Reid's campaign needs to keep empathizing the social security issue since it affects seniors and seniors generally vote. Also, they should mention her crazy comment about flouride in tooth paste being a part of a conspiracy.

    June 18, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    Angle said she does not believe in eliminating Social Security entirely, but instead transferring the money to private accounts, like BP.

    June 18, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. willmphil@aol.com

    What is your plan for job growth, Angie; talk about that: more tax cuts and de-regulation of business?

    Got any NEW ideas to share with us, or just more of what got us into this mess?

    Tell us what part of Big Gov you do want to cut.

    Same goes for all Repugs.

    June 18, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. June

    Another Sarah Palin. Does America need this? N-o.

    June 18, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. vegage

    She was just put on the hot seat and could not handle it. She is just a right wing nut that see evil on every government program created to help the average American; she is another pro big company, pro big private sector. The question from the reporter was adequate; I think if social security private accounts were implemented the savings of many people would be wiped out with the market crash. Do you imagine how discourteous that would be for this country? Thanks God that was not the case. I hope that form now to November she is completely discovered.

    June 18, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Please

    Whatever. Bush wanted to privatize SS as well – where would be now if he had done that? Some retreaded horrible ideas. The GOP is useless.

    June 18, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Marv

    Hopefully Sharron Angle can take out Reid big time. Time to drain the pond scum we have in D.C.

    June 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Privitizing social Security would help bankrupt the program- once agian thos that have will pullout leaving those that actually need it with a smaller pool to draw from.
    The campaign's not about the EPA, its about homes here in Nevada???? WHAT?/ She is running ofr the US Senate- her job will be about the EPA – it will be about the country as a whole. Like her hero, Sarah Palin, they come form very small towns and have no clue about the real world.

    June 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Angie

    You have to think of a better answer to questions other than "Go ask Harry."

    June 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Ricky

    privatizing Social Security=wiping out social security.

    June 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    OK, I understand transitioning Medicare to bartering system: chicken for broken knee, homemade pie for step throat, herd of camels for major cancer operation, etc.
    But how would it work for Social Security?
    And what if Government would want to raid my chicken coup?!

    June 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. George

    Nobody's putting any words in her mouth. Privatizing Social Security and Medicare leaves them subject to private markets, which have shown themselves to be unworthy of that trust. Government has done a much better job at dealing with this, no matter what lies the GOP keeps repeating over and over. Both funds need to be managed more tightly with the large numbers of baby boomers who are now using them. I have much more faith in Harry Reid, the Democrats and the government to cope with the shortfalls because they are accountable to us. Bernie Madoff was trusted and look what happened. Thousands of people had their retirement funds raided and pillaged and will never see their money back again. If the government had a catastrophe like that, there are ways of fixing it and keeping retirees from being wiped out.

    Even Nevada can't be stupid enough to fall for the GOP smear job on Reid or be willing to mortgage thier future on a candidate who resents being questioned by reporters who are not from right wing Fox.

    June 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. DJ

    I really would like to see their debate. LOL She seems to be a Palin implosion waiting to happen. lol

    June 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Dave

    Ahh, those pesky local reporters. Always trying to find out what the candidate actually believes in and how they will vote. Asking them questions to hold them accountable to their past statements. It is really tough out there for the tea party candidates now that the white hot spotlight is shining on them. Unlike cockroaches they can't run and hide under the walls.

    June 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. DRM

    Do Tea Partiers want to "save" America by "transitioning out of it" too?

    June 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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