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. Tea Party Nut Job

    How about her wanting to get rid of the Department of Education or her catch phrase about taking care of Democrats with the 2nd Amendment remedy?

    June 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. AEK

    Oh boy! She's a dandy! No wonder she's avoiding the news media. Of course Fox really isn't considered a "news" source by those intelligent to think for themselves and not interested in hearing the Republican party talking points 24/7.

    June 18, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. JOHN U

    So how does Angle "save" socail security exactly. And what did she mean by saying she wants to "personalize" it? Why doesn't she just say she's for the Bush privatization plan of 2005 and get it over with? And asking her to elaborate on what would have happened when these potentially privatized accounts plunged over 50% in value in the panic of 2008-2009 is certainly someone running for Senate should be able to answer. Playing the "harry reid liar" game's only going to get one so far in the real world. And didn't Angle support all the deregulation and massive overbuilding that put Nevada is such bad shape? How may bills did she propose to reign in the mortgage industry when she was in state politics?

    June 18, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Angle is absolutely right about the EPA. Their proposals would have a devastating effect on an already weak American economy.

    The EPA is fundamentally irresponsible and was designed to be that way. The agency forbids the people who devise its proposals from considering the costs or economic impact of those proposals–they basically don't care what it costs or who it hurts, even if the beneficiary of their demands is nothing more than a few three-inch-long fish. (Google "snail darter.")

    As to Social Security, yes it should be phased out now, while the damage can be minimised, rather than waiting for it to go catastrophically bankrupt and do huge amounts of damage to a lot of lives.

    June 18, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. HeyHey

    Republicans are funny, or at least they are when they're not in office.

    June 18, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Alban

    Lie...Lie...Lie That is all that Harry Reid and his puppets in the media can do to defend his record. I support Angle and her plan to privatize social security. I would rather trust my own envestment stagities that that of some pin head in Washington.

    June 18, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Jacob

    she's an amateaur!
    didn't Sarah Palin give her any media pointers!?

    June 18, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Yeah, because privatization of social security is such a good idea. Not only would it be tied to overall economic performance, but every single american would have to learn about how investment works.. AND be good enough at it to at least keep all their money in the end to have what is guaranteed now.

    When you tie the sort of economic policies people like Obtuse Angle tend to hold.. the kind that caused our near collapse... to this idea of privatization it becomes an obvious nightmare scenario. But, of course, this sort of Libertarian/ pseudo-Libertarian view of government is the same thing one sees in communist nations like the Soviet Union and china... ideology trumps reality. the outcomes don't matter, even if they are easily predictable in real world scenarios. All tha tmatters is ideological purity.

    June 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. rob

    WHY DOESN'T THIS IDIOT GO ASK REID ABOUT NEVADA'S HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE? Reid wants to jam through another 50 Billion to help unions but nothing to the private sector to create real jobs.

    Everyone who cares about fairness needs to donate to Angle's campaign right now. We need to send a huge message to Washington, the democrats and especially the MEDIA that the old way won't work anymore. The country desparately needs adult supervision

    June 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Riley

    WOW! That reporter is an idiot and a liberal lover. It's clear by the questions or, better yet, STATEMENTS he directed at the Senate candidate..

    June 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Jim

    Ms Angle is a top notch candidate to replace Mr Reid. CNN needs to try and be a little more balanced in it's reporting efforts in the upcoming months or continue to lose credibility with the public as being other than a shill for the democratic agenda.

    Properly, conservatively invested monies have not been "devastated" even during this nightmare economic situation created by Mr. Obama and the democratic congresses excesses. I would gladly have taken the result of a sound investment plan and the dollars that would be there for me to retire on after my 45 years of contributing to social security and having NOTHING to show for it that really belongs to me, other than a retractable promise of income in 5 years time at my retirement.

    Mr Reid and all others of his ilk need to be ousted and a new politic of principal and integrity begun in November to restore the practices and policies that made this nation the envy of the world.

    June 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Natch

    1. Most politicians, especially career politicians (like Harry), will use whatever means necessary to win re-election. Smear campaigns, filled with half-truths and outright lies, are the language that he speaks.
    2. Most reporters aren't much better. Difference is, they TWIST the truth to get thier stories into the news. More sensationalism = their name in the news.
    3. I wouldn't trust either one of those types to hold the money it would cost to buy a cup of coffee!!

    June 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Does Angle have issues with Reid’s policies or just with Reid? She is making this very personal. We need a lot less of that in politics.

    June 18, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Dano

    It sounds like Ms. Angle can't take the heat. It sounded like a legitimate question but she overreacted in her response and fell back on the GOP talking points. Just imagine if everyone's SSI was in private accounts today, like Bush wanted to do in 2004. With the downturn in the economy no one would be able to survive on the reduced balance of their retirement accounts. Do these people never learn from past mistakes???

    June 18, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. mar

    Actually this was a very good comment the reporter made..."Baca noted that the stock market downturn would have been devastating to seniors if their savings had been privatized."
    Why not answer his concern and keep repeating that he needs to ask Harry Reid?

    June 18, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. David

    Hey, at least she didn't grab his arm and neck like some buffoons do.

    June 18, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. David Putty

    So you are reporting something a journalist said? CNN doesn't even have it on tape, Also why don't you show the newest poll numbers that show her up by 11points. No wonder Fox is the most watch cable news channel in America, Keep up the great work Alex!

    June 18, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Vern in Cleveland

    Another right-wing wacko, brought to you by the Tea Party. These people are lunatics.

    June 18, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. TomInRochNY

    So, instead of answering the questions and defending her stand on the issues she deflects questions she does want to answer. It's going to be interesting if she every shows up to a debate on the issues.

    June 18, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. John 1776

    Stock market might be down, but SSI is flat out broke! I'd take my chances with the market or gold as compared to expecting SSI will have a single cent to give me when I retire.

    June 18, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. DIANA

    Didn't Bush say the same thing – right before the fall out. I guess this woman either doesn't know about finance or she hasn't been following Bush very closely.

    Imagine what would have happened if Bush got his way with our social security.

    June 18, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Colin

    Sharron Angles, among with other Republicans have declared war on the American people. This theft of the public social security funds is just that. They have made people and their money the property of corporations and have tied the use of the nation's military to their corporate goals. Corporations are vehicles for the oligarchic groups that are the paymasters of the Republican shell party.

    In two years there will be trials of these social criminals where they will be held accountable for their crimes. It will be a day of reckoning for this class of evildoers among us who seek to shackle us and impoverish us.

    June 18, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Mike

    Angle better be careful not to get caught up in a web of lies. She recently removed dismantling Social Security and U.S. Dept of Education off her website. I'm sure folks have already printed the material.

    June 18, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. RN

    of course Reid must be the problem. After all, if the republicans were in office and privatized SS all the seniors would have been devastated. This would leave them on the streets where they would die from exposure / heat/ cold... This would reduce health care costs for the elderly, which is where a lot of the health care spending is highest. With that spending reduced and SS for disabled people eliminated we would see still more savings and we could balance the federal budget so that we could cut corporate taxes as well as reduce the highest tax rates. We could also reduce or eliminate estate taxes. Why tax the wealthy when they don't need the schools (they use private schools not public ones), mass transit (they have cars – yes usually several), interstate highways (they fly)... Why should the wealthy contribute at all? why should anyone contribute?
    I know who I support.

    June 18, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Jim in Kansas

    Social Security is and will always be off limits when are people going to learn that, Privatize, touch, change words not to be used. In todays climate where had advocates been able to shift Social Security money into individual accounts that then individuals could have invested in the stock market our seniors would have found themselves on the street with the advocates respondinding they should have understood the risk.

    Social Security is the fixed income base of American retirement. Anyone attacking it shall have a short lived political life.

    June 18, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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