(CNN) - A new television commercial by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid aims to use Republican challenger Sharron Angle's own words against her.
The ad, which the Reid campaign says starts running statewide in Nevada on Thursday, uses an audio clip of Angle saying "people ask me: What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state. Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator."
The commercial also includes a video clip of Angle saying, "I am not in the business of creating jobs."'
Jobs are a crucial issue in Nevada, which currently has the highest state unemployment level in the country.
"Sharron Angle has repeatedly said that, if elected, she wouldn't lift a finger to fight for the jobs of struggling Nevadans – a position that is completely tone-deaf and out of touch with the needs of ordinary Nevadans in these tough economic times," says Reid campaign spokeswoman Kelly Steele, in an email statement.
On her campaign website, Angle says, "The fastest way to get the economy moving again is to cut spending, pay back the national debt, and make permanent the Bush Tax Cuts which are due to expire in just a few months. Steps like these would go a long way toward giving the business community the confidence they need to start creating jobs and hiring again."
The commercial's release comes on the same day that President Barack Obama headlines a campaign rally and a fundraiser in Las Vegas for Reid.
"Harry Reid knows he can't win by running on his own dismal record, so he is attacking Sharron Angle in an attempt to distract voters from who he is. He's not getting away with it that easily - Nevadans are tired of Harry Reid's rubber-stamping higher taxes and irresponsible spending policies in Washington, and it's time for him to go," says Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy.
Polls indicate the top Democrat in the Senate faces a tough road to re-election as he bids this November for a fifth term in office. Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. Angle, a former Nevada state lawmaker, enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.
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