July 9th, 2010
12:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Ads attack Reid over Nevada's high jobless rate

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out Friday with a new ad slamming her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out Friday with a new ad slamming her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

(CNN) – Call it a one two punch on a dubious honor.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Republican challenger is out with a new ad Friday that slams Reid over the state's 14 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

"When Harry Reid became Majority Leader, Nevada's unemployment was only 4.4 percent. Now Nevada unemployment hits 14 percent, leads nation," states a headline in the commercial, which Sharron Angle's campaign says starts running Friday statewide in Nevada on broadcast and cable television.

The ad then uses copy from various news reports about Nevada overtaking Michigan to claim the highest state employment level in the country. The commercial ends by saying "Help is on the way. Visit http://www.SharronAngle.com."

When Reid took over as Senate Majority Leader in January 2007, Nevada's unemployment rate stood at 4.4 percent. The national unemloyment rate at that time was 4.6 percent at that time.

The ad is the first by Angle since she 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.

The commercial was released the same day that the Republican National Committee went up with a new ad also taking on Reid, as well as President Barack Obama, over the high jobless rate.

"It took thousands of men to build Hoover Dam and modern Nevada. But it only took two men to help tear down its economy," says the narrator in the commercial,
which begins running Friday on cable television in Las Vegas, according to an RNC official.

The state's unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent when Obama took over in the White House at beginning of last year.

The release of the two ads comes just hours after Obama headlined two campaign events in Las Vegas Thursday night for the top Democrat in the Senate, who polls suggest faces a difficult re-election this year as he bids for a fifth term in office.

"We knew it would take us months, years, to dig ourselves out of the holes that we found ourselves in. That's longer than anybody would like, but here's what I also know. An economy that last year was shrinking by 6 percent is now growing. An economy that was shredding jobs at an unbelievable pace - we've now had six months in a row of private sector job growth," said Obama at the event. "That's because of policies that Harry Reid helped bring about. We have turned things around, and we are moving in the right direction."

The president is continuing that theme Friday, in a speech on the economy he was scheduled to deliver at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Describing Reid, Obama said "he's a fighter, and you should never bet against him. And that's just what we need right now. We need someone who's going to fight for the people of Nevada and for the American people," according to excerpts released before the speech.

The ad wars in Nevada should continue next week, following an announcement Friday by the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party group based in California that helped Angle during her primary bid. A spokesman for the organization tells CNN that new ads in support of Angle will air on Nevada TV next week, now that the group has met its fundraising goal of $100,000 to produce the commercials.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET with reaction from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: “After saying she would not be in the business of creating jobs and admitting she would not have acted to save 22,000 jobs at CityCenter, Sharron Angle’s first television advertisement blatantly contradicts her own words," said DSCC Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. "In reality, Sharron Angle subscribes to the same reckless economic playbook put forth by Republicans that brought our economy to its knees and led to massive job losses. Nevadans rejected this failed economic approach before and will do so again this fall.”

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Big whoop. Senator Reid took office in 1986. Hello Angle? That was before Nevada saw over-population and a faux real estate boom built on a house of cards. There NEVER was a strong job market in NV. The only reason why NV is struggling is due to the real estate bubble and a ton of people moving from Los Angeles to seek cheaper housing.

    July 9, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Are you GOPers sure you want to bring up the "when some one took over thing? It is all too recent that when GW Bush got the election given to him by the Supreme Court the deficit was a surplus........

    Unemployment is up everywhere and if Haryy Reid did not have 41 Senators from the party of NO standing in his way we would all be a hell of a lot better off already.

    July 9, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Apples and oranges and numbers by themselves don't mean anything.

    Angle is a lunatic.

    July 9, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. tejasoutlaw

    Angle campaing talking about unemployment rates, but what is her plan to create jobs for Nevada? Well she is not into job creation, that isn't her thing. She said Senators should not create jobs. These are actual things she has said in interviews and then turns around and releases ads about how Reed is responsible for job losses and that her help is one the way. What help? She doesn't do job creation.
    This women wants to give tax breaks to the rich just like Bush did and look where that got us. Wake up Nevada. Reed may not be the best, but this women off the charts. So she wants to take away unemployment benifets for the 14% that are unemployed. Basically she wants to do nothing but cut taxes for the rich and that is it. She is all for big business, but not unions? So for the corporations not the workers. Listen to what this women is saying. She is for corporate profits not working class people.

    July 9, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Steve- Illinois

    @Augsbee, they didn't shut down NASA! They just changed it's mission to global warming, and, getting all touchy, feely with the muslims. You know, those great muslim minds that brought you the scud missiles in the 90's! Half the time they aren't capable of blowing themselves up! We really need their colloberation if the space program has any chance to advance! lol

    July 9, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. lora

    No Augsbee, they didnt shut down NASA, Obama has plans for privitizing part of it, and collarborating globaly to produce a MArs project, instead of yet again landing on the moon. He is a forward thinker who is trying to trim government waste. The current moon project, which was a "brainchild" of Bush, was way over budget, like billions over budget and massively behind schedule...why dont you and all the rest of you racist anti-OBama haters actually try to get your facts straight for a second, instead of being a revisionsit historian, trying to make the amsses forget actually what happened. YOu just sound dumb.

    July 9, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Tina, NC

    But, I thought she said it would NOT be her job as a senator to create jobs?

    Angle: “Ok, as your U.S. Senator I am not in the business of creating jobs.” [Elko County Forum, 05/11/10]

    Angle: “People ask me, what are you going to do to develop jobs in your state? Well that’s not my job as a US Senator, to bring industry to the state. That’s the Lieutenant Governor’s job. That’s your State Senator’s and Assemblyman’s job. That’s your Secretary of State’s job, to make a climate here in this state, ya’ll come.” [Angle Campaign Event, 5/14/10]

    How can she attack Reid for something she says it isn't his job too do? What a hypocrite Ms. Angle is!

    July 9, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Donna A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    The GOP are constantly saying that outsourcing American's job were good for the economy.

    July 9, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. bj

    What I don't understand is why you weren't complaining two or more years ago? On the other side of this, given the mess Obama inherited do you expect it turn around within a few months? If you do I have a bridge to sell you.

    If you want more jobs America stop buying foreign products and stand up for manufacturing jobs here. Stop shopping at places like Walmart where the item is 2 cents less and inferior in quality. Instead of spending 3 hours on the internet and getting no real customer service, support your local businesses. At the end of the day you don't really save anything idiot.

    Demand that Obama penalize all companies who have shipped jobs over seas to places where the customer service is absolutely horrible. Boycott these companies. If that means America supports only one company, so be it. Otherwise STFU because you really don't want to do your part, you just want to complain and be an attack grisslyy and do nothing but spew nonsense like someone I will not mention here.

    The dumbing down of America is going to prevent America from excelling, not this petty stuff many of your embrace.

    July 9, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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