July 9th, 2010
09:06 AM ET
4 years ago

RNC Ad blasts Obama-Reid, Obama mocks Angle

President Obama campaigned in Nevada for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday.
President Obama campaigned in Nevada for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday.

(CNN) - Hours after President Barack Obama teamed up with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas and criticized Reid's GOP challenger, the Republican National Committee is putting out a new ad that slams the two men.

"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.

Nevada currently has the highest state unemployment rate in the nation at 14 percent. The state's unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent when Obama took over in the White House at beginning of last year.

Thursday night Obama headlined two campaign events 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. A Reid campaign spokesman says two events at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas were expected to raise $800,000, according to a pool report.

The president called Reid "a man of principle. He is a straight shooter. He is a man of his word," as he urged the estimated crowd of around 3,000 to send Nevada's embattled senior senator back to Washington.

Obama mocked Reid in jest, saying Reid is soft spoken.

"Harry is always in a tough race. He's just not a flashy guy. You'd think that since we're in Vegas, somebody could give him some tips," said Obama.

But the president said Reid is a fight who knows how to win.

"Anybody who knows Harry knows he is made of strong stuff. This is one tough guy," said the president. "He does not give up, he does not give in, he keeps on fighting and he outlasts them."

The RNC ad has a different message, blaming Obama and Reid for Nevada's extremely difficult economic times.

"Barack Obama and Harry Reid. They've dealt bailouts, handouts, and takeovers, giving us a $1.5 trillion deficit, a $13 trillion national debt, 14 percent unemployment for Nevada. When it comes to Nevada's economy, Obama and Reid are a bust," ads the narrator in the commercial.

At the campaign event, Obama mocked Sharron Angle, Reid's Republican opponent. He said Angle wants to phase out Medicare and Social Security, end education funding, and called the compensation fund for BP "a slush fund," a statement Obama said Angle's campaign later said was a kind of mistake.

Angle made the comments Wednesday in an interview on a radio program. Thursday Angle walked back the comments a bit, saying she shouldn't have used the term "slush fund" and saying she supported the BP escrow fund.

"I'm sure she meant slush fund the nicest possible way," the president joked, to much applause from the audience, some of whom yelled that Angle was a "lunatic" and an "idiot," according to a pool report.

"Basically, you have President Obama and Senator Reid together in a giant glass house raising money to throw rocks at Sharron Angle during a time when 192,000 Nevadans are unemployed," said Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy, prior to Thursday night's event.

"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," added Stacy.

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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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • President Obama • Sharron Angle
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. IS

    Um...I believe it was Bush that helped tear down the economy.

    July 9, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. mein NH

    I hope people of Neveda, understand that Bush/Cheney brought the economy in the gutter

    July 9, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Independent

    Oh gee, as if the Republicans haven't done the same thing....Surprise Surprise...

    Has anyone really listened to Angle and the things that she says??? My goodness, I would be running the other way...I can only say that her teacups aren't in a row....It's not her job to help people get jobs...

    July 9, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. The Real Me

    Nero fiddled, this one jokes!

    July 9, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Ron

    What a dispicable and unprofessional president that we have. How can a sitting president be so disrespectful and openly criticize ANYBODY that disagrees with them. Many dislike(d) Bush as president but at least he treated everyone with courtesy and respect. I think the manner that Obama has acted in the last 18 months is similar to a child who lost their toy. Obama is such a baby, a whiner, and incompetent all at the same time.

    Michelle Obama may have said "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of this country", What I say is "for the first time in my adult life I am disgusted with my country and the direction it is going".

    July 9, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Chris (Sacramento CA)

    Obama and Reid are desperate and it does not matter what Obama says because Reid will loose in November. How does it feel liberals?

    July 9, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. FDA

    And those two men would be Bush and Dick. The GOP waited just long enough to throw this out. This ship was underwater by the time Obama took over. It's going to take some time to fix it. And fixing it would be quicker if half of Washington wasn't sitting on their thumbs.

    July 9, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Marge

    I wonder why republicans pick the most stupid candidates to run. anybody with any sense would look at Angle's statement about banning alcohol in Nevada as coo coo. That's not all she says.

    But then has any body seen any serious actions coming from any republican in congress or otherwise. Now the the republican organization Citizens United who were APPROVED by the republican activist Supreme Court judges, are urging this administration to START ANOTHER WAR. The two unnecessary wars against countries who did nothing to us, is not enough. They want to start another one with Iran.

    I think there is a group in this country that are so violent and money hungry, they want those defense contracts, they would ruin any thing and every thing good just to get their way. WHAT IN THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THEM. The two wars we have are winding down I guess they want to start more boodshed and KILL AND MAIM MORE AMERICAN YOUTH.

    July 9, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. andy

    it's funny that quoting what someone has pledged to do if they're elected is considered "attacking" them.

    July 9, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. mike

    Wasn't it President Obama that just fired a General for mocking people? Is it that he is the only one that is allowed to do that? Can someone explain this, I don't quite understand the obvious double standard, maybe it's because I'm not a Democrat.

    July 9, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Chipster

    "....it only took two men to help tear down its economy." That's so true: Bush and Cheney! Shame of Obama for not correcting 8 years of borrow and spend, a deficit that went from $5 trillion to $11 trillion, and 2 unfinished wars, in less than 2 years! The last thing we need is to turn the reins back over to group that opened the doors to the Treasury and invited their corporate friends to help themselves.

    July 9, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Bill

    What happened to that "we all have to come together"? Mr. President, stop being a community organizer, campaigner in chief, and most of all stop being the most divisive president in the modern era. You have done more to split Americans apart than any other president in my memory AND that was not what your campaign was all about.

    July 9, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. jim

    This president spends a lot of time mocking people,maybe he should spend a little more time trying to fix the nation's problems.

    July 9, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. inofritzn

    You both are unfunny jokes. Talk about a loser trying to prop up a loser. good luck with that.

    July 9, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Specific plans?

    Pretty tedious. What specifically will the two candidates do to help clean up the mess created by BOTH parties since the time of that "talking head", Ronald Reagan; a big buffoon controlled by powerful Eastern interests that set this nation on a path towards destruction with the abolishment of "usuary laws" and the virtual elimination of regulatory oversight. STILL no specific answers to the MANY questions Americans have about the many problems facing this country including the quagmire wars. We want LEADERSHIP; not just cute comments from the various candidates.

    July 9, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. CTYank

    Yet another attack typical of recent republican campaigns- intentionally vague, misleading, and factually incorrect. As in, the two perps would actually be named Bush & Cheney.

    July 9, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yes, it only took two men to bring down the economy. Their names were Bush and Cheney! Angle could be referred to as Bush Lite! At least W had Dick Cheney to keep him on message. Angle has flip-flopped more on her positions than a landed salmon! The only reason Reid and Obama haven't accomplished more is there are 42 mooks who keep saying NO!

    July 9, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. SethC

    Again, obama mock instead of leads in this country! how sad that he would stoop to this kind of leadership.

    July 9, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. gt

    what a pair of loosers.....heck obama has done nothing but dog las vegas anyway....reid is old been there way to long... retire old man,,,

    July 9, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I agree-and the 2 men were George W Bush and Darth Vader(Dick Cheney) who in 8 years and 2 wars almost destroyed the country-now it will take years to undue their damage.

    July 9, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. jim

    Mr. Obama appears to be the most "juvenile" president we have ever had. He cannot resist calling people names and denigrating them as a human being. I wonder how he explains all of this name calling to his children?

    July 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. PatriotFirst

    Say what you want about Angle, but Reid, you are GONE! Ummm I think the empty suit in the WH is not batting too well for those that he campaigns for. You can make fun of "slush fund" but you might want to look closer to yourself (Biden) and even yourself Mr. Prez. with some of the gaffes you've even stated. The dems are already plotting how to shove more of their agenda down our throats after the Nov elections as they will be a lame duck congress, they will shove everything they can in December. WSJ has an article on it today.

    July 9, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Michael

    Yes, it only took 2 men to tear down the economy.
    George W. Bush & Dick Cheney.

    Both Republicans.

    You just got the names wrong, Republicans. But we know how short your memory is.

    July 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. DJ in TX

    The Angle campaign says Obama is "throwing rocks" at her, but what is the ad doing, the exact same. She's not running on any record either. She wins the primary and immediately takes down her own website. She did call the BP funding a slush fund, she does advocate phasing out medicare and social security, she does advocate doing away with the Department of Education. Now she wants to back away from those views. I know a lot of people are on social security in Nevada who may think differently. BTW – why are states, including Nevada, blaming the Federal government for their woes. They had nothing to do with how the state ran its business. Nevada relied heavily on the housing bubble, when it bust, Nevada bust. BTW – what industry outside of gaming does Nevada have???? Who's fault is that, not the Federal Government, but the state itself. Anyway, I believe Angle extreme, outside of the mainstreme. I hope Nevada realizes that in time.

    July 9, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Doc

    Maybe, just maybe, the problem with the Nevada economy stems from the fact that the whole country is still recovering from a recession that had little or nothing to do with either Reid or Obama and people don't have the money to waste in Sin City or any other gambling Mecca. I guess it's Obama's fault that the state economy is mostly based on tourist bucks and gambling?

    And if you're going to elect an "outsider" to take on the "establishment" at least propose someone who doesn't have to retract her words and positions on a daily basis.

    July 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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