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. Dave

    I feel real bad for the people of Nevada. They have to pick from two of the biggest losers. Talk about a no win situation. If this is the best Nevada has to offer, God help the people of Nevada.

    July 9, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Delusional

    Another delusional ad from the RNC and of course it's filled with LIES!

    Two men tore down the economy huh? Bush & Cheney right? You RNC right wing nut jobs are seriously seriously delusional!

    July 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Jon

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

    Yeah, George Bush and Dick Cheney. I'm sure that this country and Nevada in particular could use the billions and billions and billions of dollars we've spent in the war in Iraq that Bush and Cheney started by lying to the American people. They were a disgrace and the United States will be paying for their misdeeds for decades.

    July 9, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. johnrj08

    Of course, the Republicans know that in a severe economic downturn, gaming and tourism are the first to take a hit, so the fact that Nevada has suffered a lot of unemployment should surprise no one. The idea that this is Harry Reid's and Barack Obama's fault is stupendously ridiculous. As far as Sharron Angle is concerned, she mocks herself. A total loon, she has no business running for public office.

    July 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. keeth in california

    Those two men were George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    July 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Wow

    The quality of writing here is laughable. But the president said Reid is a fight who knows how to win, so all is forgiven. Also, it was more than likely a kind of mistake, so it's definitely not a big deal.

    July 9, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. KMAN821

    Whether the voters of Nevada like Harry Reid or not ... the Republican party has only offered up a certified lunatic in Sharon Angle to challenge him. The woman is nuttier than a fruitcake and has absolutely nothing to contribute to the betterment of the citizens of Nevada ... especially for women who may want to control their own reproductivilty.

    July 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Realistic

    Sharron is way out there with her views but it will be up to the people in Nevada to make their choice. But one thing is sure, Sharron is a right wing nut. And this is who the tea party is backing which reflects their views...So far to the right that they are bordering lunacy

    July 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Fathead

    Sounds like "change" to me now we need some more finger pointing. Hows that obama thing working out for you ? I guess we still have hope right ?

    July 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. J

    What does the Hoover Dam have to do with the economy? Nothing! What a stupid ad! Typical Republicans and their drama!

    July 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Cindy

    I guess this is how we are supposed to unite instead of divide.
    All of our politicians need to GROW UP and be the adults they are supposed to be.

    July 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Rich

    Um, George Bush destroyed the economy. But we understand Republicans are not in touch with reality.

    July 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. jeff, alabama

    That's just great. We have tons of problems to
    be solved and the LIBERAL'S PRESIDENT is
    out in Las Vegas playing silly ass games and cracking
    jokes. For Pete's sake even Biden is more concerned
    it seems.

    July 9, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Spike5

    A democratic form of government depends on an informed electorate.

    If Angle wins, we'll know for sure that democracy in America is doomed.

    July 9, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. beevee

    The RNC knows fully well that this ad is bunch of crap and lies. They also know that country's economic situation is turning around for good from the worst shape it has gotten into under GOP. Please stop this untrue crticism of Obama administration and argue on how you can do better.

    July 9, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. ac

    Wow, Mr. President-How is it possible that you continue to lie all over the place?
    Is Mr. Reid a real straight shooter, or is he someone who has proved already that he agreed to something on point A and said something else when he is at point B? I mean, Mr. Reid behavior is on the record, isn't it?
    I mean, who doesn't know already about Mr. Reid's real states deals?
    I mean, who doesn't know already about Mr. Reid's briberies in Congress and the way he buy votes?
    Come on, Mr. President, stop lying and start working. You have a lot of work to do, instead of been wasting time on a campaign that you won't win. We-the American people know already what you and Reid are made up of.

    July 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Katy

    President Obama is a uniter not a divider – just like he promised during his campaign. His disparaging comments and mockery are evidence of his commitment to unite our nation.

    July 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Charlie in Maine

    The National GOP just get worse and worse every day.

    July 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. loyal democrat

    We didn't vote Obama into the White House to keep
    campaigning. He promised change. I can't find many
    friends lately who admit to voting for him. He's on his way
    to a one term presidency.It's time to finally get up in the
    morning and go to work Mr. President.

    July 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    People forget that Obama was a pretty good basketball player. He knows how to throw sharp elbows when he needs to.

    July 9, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  21. Delusional

    What sickens me even more is that republicans and tea partiers like Sharon Angle support and protect big companies and they beat up the idea of these stimulus packages the President and congress put out to the AMERICAN PEOPLE! they protect the rich and companies, but could give a flying hoot about the average american citizen! This mentality is shameful!

    July 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Sharron

    What do you think of when you hear Nevada? It's Las Vegas....right? Las Vegas is what keeps this State afloat with its Casino's, Big Hotels, Resturants, Bars what else does Nevada have to offer? What other kind of employment is there in Nevada? Las Vegas holds most of the jobs for this State. Well in a recession what will most people cut out of their budgets so they can put food on their tables, pay their bills and send their kids to school.......they will cut the unnessecary stuff like expensive trips, throwing money into Slot Machines, and gambling tables, eating out etc.......so since Nevada has put all their Eggs in one basket (Las Vegas) naturally they are going to suffer a higher unemployment rate, no one to blame but the State itself for not developing more opportunities in other businesses for other employment besides Big Hotels and Casinos.......this recession was well on it's way before Obama took office......so come on Nevada people if you don't want anymore taken away from you then you better vote for Reid because this crazy lady is going to take away your social security, medicare, end education funding, this person that calls herself a lady is anything but a LADY.....she your worst nightmare.

    July 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. New Age Independant

    It's nice that Obama can make light of the economic trouble of Nevada, but his policies have failed miserably. There's no joke that can put aside the facts.

    July 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. walleye

    If, according to this article "The state's unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent when Obama took over in the White House at beginning of last year" then why are they blaming Obama?? Seems to me its clear the Bush Administration handed this economic problem over to our new Prez.

    July 9, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. David

    Reid may not be perfect but given the alternative, this is a no-brainer.

    July 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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