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. Dis-gusted

    Re: the new ad purchased by the opposition....."it only took two men to bring down the economy." It took three men....George W., Hank Paulson and Allan Greenspan.

    July 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. CR

    The Republicans did a rather effective job "tearing down the economy". The country will be recovering from their reckless mismanagement for years.

    July 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. joe

    There are just certain things that this world does not GET! Well some people in this world (read between the lines) The economy was down a long time before this black president got in office. If the world would concentrate more on help fixing the problem rather than always trying to tare down each party or try to suggest that our President has been in office long enough to put us in a recession, people let's think again, wake up and stop fooling yourself! It's time to STOP the craziness. If people had so much since to fix everything; why didn't you run for President or some type of office. This is my first time even trying to post anything, but as i read these dumb post or silly comments or CNN headings the more upset i become. This world will never change and most of the silly stuck in there back wood days come out of it! if you really want to make a change be a part of the solution and not a bigger problem we face from day to day. And for those people that don't like this comment, no need to disrespectful it's just my opinion the same as you have one.

    July 9, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Jane

    Bye, Bye, Harry and your liberal politics too. Out with the old and in with the new. No more politics the "good old boy" way– you've been up there sitting on your duff for too long and you are out of touch with your voters. PS you can bet Nancy will join the car ride in 2010.

    July 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Doc

    Reid is wrong!
    Angle is not extreme!
    She's Obtuse! ;p

    July 9, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. hobart

    More lies from the Party of No.

    >"It took thousands of men to build Hoover Dam and modern Nevada. But it only took two men to help tear down its economy,"

    True, but those two men are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    Why is that Republicans constantly claim the relgious and moral high ground, yet they violate the 9th Commandment and lie at every opportunity?

    Why do Republicans, whose failed polices gave us economic collapse, lost jobs, lost life savings, lost homes, lost health insurance refuse to extend unemployment benefits to the very people who's lives they destroyed?

    Why do Republicans lie, obstruct, and filibuster each and every attempt to save the economy?

    Why do Republicans actually hope/pray/cheer for the economy to get worse?

    Why do Republicans so hate American?

    July 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Pragmatic

    Republicans like to pretend that American history began in January of 2009 [when Obama was inaugurated]. They choose to forget (ignore) the history that brought us to January in 2009, and the consequences that we are in.

    Angle? Recanted "slush fund' term? Angle in an interview giggled, saying "Well, you know, we're in a general election. And they're demanding things. Today, I actually softened because I'm being held accountable for every idle word,"

    You may not like Reid but Angle would be a disaster for America!

    July 9, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Wil in the VA.

    The two men the republicans should be calling out for this mess is two of your own and that's BUSH-CHANEY that's the truth but they wouldn't know what that is. They continue to tell the same old lies hoping that if they keep it out thier long enough people start to think it's true.

    July 9, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. roro

    Sharron Angle is a seriously unstable person. She seems to think she can talk one way to her fanatical fringe group, say something completely different to regular folk, and then not only get away with it, but blame Reid and others for calling her on it. She must think we're all as stupid as she is.

    July 9, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Granger

    Obama's such a street thug...this country has really stooped low in electing such a boob

    July 9, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. RICK FROM PA

    Sharon Angle and Sarah Palin are simply two of the several "Right Wing Nut Jobs". All they can do is "knock" anything that the current Administration is doing to further their own political agendas. They never have any suggestions as to how they themselves can help turn the economy around. It is about time that the American People see them for what they really are. The Party of the "status quo" and to accomplish this they say "NO" to anything that may help this Nation get back on track!

    July 9, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Steve51

    Interesting choice in Nevada, Someone that is insane versus someone that is vilified.

    July 9, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Marty, FL

    The RNC has become unbelievable under Steele. This group desperately tries to lie about only 2 men responsible for unempoyment. Does the RNC realize their candidate, Angle, said that it is not the job as a US Senator to develop jobs for NV? That's incredible nonsense & contradiction.

    July 9, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Very smart RNC, I guess you forgot who started this mess in the US about 4-5 years ago, but as usual, the RNC will eat its words in a year or so

    July 9, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Tim Wilkins

    One thing you can be sure of, when thinking about the RNC bringing up Hoover Dam employment as a key to Nevada's economy, is that it was Depression-era "stimulus" spending, OPPOSED by the Republicans, and PASSED by the Democrats, that built the Hoover Dam, along with the TVA and countless other public infrastructure projects, that helped the country climb out the disaster then...the other thing you can be sure of is that today's GNOP would filibuster and obstruct anything similar...a disgusting and useless excuse for a political party.

    July 9, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Tony

    If the Republicans think they are going to stagge a comeback, they are going to have to find coherent candidates that have some sense. I'm old enough to remeber that claiming to be a Republican wasn't an embarassment.

    July 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Get A Grip

    Look hard at this pic folks because what you are seeing are two men that are destroying this country and smiling about it.

    July 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. JPX

    "But it only took two men to help tear down its economy" Yes, we know, and their names are Bush and Cheney.

    July 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. johnkc

    Do the people of Nevada really have that short of a memory? When Obama took office, thanks to George W. and Cheney, this country was losing 750,000 jobs a month. We are now gaining jobs back. Are the people of Nevada really gullible enough to believe that a new president can reverse that trend on a dime, immediately after being sworn in. These job loses are the result of the republicans policies, the policies that if put back in control of the country, they will start again. I just hope that the voting citizens will remember these facts when they vote.

    July 9, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. independent

    It is time for the President to give the American people another 30 minute update on the state of the the 1) leak, 2) economy, 3) Afghanistan, and 4) issues pending going forward.

    Do it from the Lincoln Memorial, that would be impressive.

    July 9, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Normhombre

    Well, according to the new GOP ad, President Obama is to blame for Nevada's economic problems, just like Arizona blames the democrats for it's problems, however the real issue with both states is that they had unsustainable economies during the Bush Administration, speculators building too many high priced homes, no real industry growing, water issues like all the Western states and no one politician who would speak the truth because it would anger their big business handlers. The GOP is fractured, and heading for a meltdown. Arizona may elect a crook instead of McCain and Nevada wants to elect a person who wants to do away with the department of education. That should tell you something, and it stinks!

    July 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Ellid

    Sharron Angle is very, very easy to mock. This is a woman called for armed insurrection against the government, wants to ban the sale of alcohol, and is so extreme in her views that her handlers won't let her talk to the press. She's out of her mind, and would make possibly the worst Senator since Joe McCarthy.

    July 9, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. idb

    "some of whom yelled that Angle was a "lunatic" and an "idiot," according to a pool report."
    I am sure those people where referring to Obama and Reid, not Angle. Reid is called a "straight shooter". This is also exactly what the problem with this man is. There is absolutely no flexibility. He is unable to see what is outside the box. A man that does not understand that there is no such thing as "voluntary taxes" does not belong in the Senate.

    July 9, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Dave

    You just have to love the Republicans. Their ideas, policies, and so-called leadershp are what got this country into this mess. Now we have a President that is doing what he can to fix their messes and all they can do is complain and say "no." The economy wasn't destroyed by the Republicans overnight and it won't get fixed overnight. For all their talk about "personal responsibility," one would think that Republicans could actually take some. For a change...

    Oh, by the way, Sharron Angle is a lunitic and an idiot. Then again, it seems that she has a lot in common with most Republicans these days.

    July 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Dave

    Democrats aren't particularly popular right now (no party in power is, in times of a bad economy), but I still don't think the GOP will pick up nearly as many seats as they think they will, because, frankly, the Republicans are a bunch of lunatics now. They don't have any ideas, except crazy ones, and they're clearly on the side of the corporations who pay them off, instead of being on the side of the American people. And their base has become a pack of radicalized religious nuts now, the Christian version of the Taliban. I've seen the kind of results theocracy gets for the countries who've tried it, and I say no thanks: America is far too great a country to be ruined by a lot of childish superstition.

    Even though a lot of us independents aren't completely satisfied with the Democrats, we're not going to choose a bunch of crazy theocrats instead. When you have two bad choices in front of you, you take the better one... and that's still the Democrats, easily.

    July 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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