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. NMNavajo

    It took one dictator to take the American dream, thats Gerorge W. Bush. I hate it when the RNC blame the Democrats for something W did to the people. Yeego Reid Yeego....

    July 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Ken

    This is the Republicans Party's problem. They think they can solve a problem by making it worse. Reid is horrible, so they offer up someone worse? The only thing worse than the Democratic party is the Republican party, and the only thing worse than the Republican party is the Tea Party.

    We are in bad shape.

    July 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I do not care who is going to step up to the plate and begin to bring our government back to representing the people.
    As long as those who have failed in the past do not get re-elected again, the performance of those who have been in congress over the last forty years is a disgrace and not one incumbent should be re-elected it doesn't matter if they are liberal or conservative, democrat or republican, there has been too much representation of the party first followed by the representation of the too big to fail business and their armies of lobbyists.
    This fall in Nov. 2010 send a message to Washington and Fire those who brought this country down in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and now the first half of 2010.
    Tell Congress "You ARE Fired!"

    July 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. doug

    I'm sorry but BP messed up the gulf, there is no logic in having them give Obama money that he is then going to funnel to unions, the seiu, and other liberal socialist thug organizations hell bent on controlling the AMerican people by taking away their money, rights, and votes.

    I have to admit though, the thought of extremist wacko double chin Micheal More libs screaming lunatic is about the best comedy this world has ever seen.

    July 9, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. tate

    Kiss of death when Owhiner shows up. The little crybaby destroys anything his affirmative action presidency touches.

    July 9, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. RB from Seattle

    How nice, your president mocking people. He is so shameful. His far-left policies will see a resurgence of the GOP in November.

    July 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Jess C

    Angle is an idiot....we don't need to revisit this one.

    July 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. GOP is bad for America

    So.....Sharon Angle's policies of ending Social Security and Medicare as well as slashing education funding are going to make Nevada better? Anyone in Nevada who votes for Angle is as crazy as she is! Angle has NO SOLUTIONS for creating jobs, but has lots of ideas that will simply make things worse. She can criticize President Obama and Harry Reid all she wants, but they still are trying to solve problems, while she just wants to create new ones.

    July 9, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. dave

    this is so funny, the republicans are scraping the bottom of the pit, using tea idiots, sara palin the dumbest think in us history, and not forget viagra oxycotin rush , its really sad how the ingnorant and greedy no they look stupid but dont care whatsoever, only god knows who truly means well and those that sold their souls long ago, all you do will hurt you over and over republicans, you now have so many redneck poor white trash thinking they really mean something, some dont have a pot to piss in, but still think they pay enough taxes to count, most or living off the benefits the democrats provided, and still have the nerve in their trailer homes to spew hate on the same black man that feeds em, i suppose this is why obama won the more educated vote, and not the poor white trash vote, i say keep your votes we dont need em ever. as you fools will see again in 2012.

    July 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Larry from San Antonio

    Our economy was destroyed by the Bush administration. Anybody too stupid to realize that fact is too stupid to vote. You don't fix a disaster of that magnitude in just a few years, in fact, our country may never totally return to former glory after the mismanagement of the corporate prostitutes "W" used to destroy the economy, the environment, and our position in the eyes of the world community. Nevada is just a particularly vulnerable location, depending on discretionary money for so much of it's income.

    July 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. straittothepoint

    In a time of record unemployment , massive debt, oil spill disaster of record proportion, and two wars being fought this President has decided to go to Las Vegas, the very place he blasted for big business holding conventions and wasting money, to have a photo op with a cronie of his to take cheap shots at a Republican candidate. It seems to me there are more important things he could be doing. I agree with Jeff Jackson even Joe Biden as terrible a Vp as he is seems to have more concern than this President. Wake up Mr. President, you can only blame GW Bush for so long, at some point all these problems have to become yours. I'm not asking for miracles just try to find a solution for at least one before your term is up.

    July 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Navybill

    Well, a comedy act not seen anywhere but Las Vegas, the Up Brothers, Hiccup and Whatzup. It would be laughable if it was not so sad. Be safe out there folks, the Dems are in charge...sortta. ;-)

    July 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. KJ

    Once again, the Republicans are trying to rewrite history. The ecomony was destroyed by 4 men. They conveniently forgot to include Bush and Cheney!

    For all the republicans lamenting about the growth of government and the associated spedning, where were these voices when Congress was spending $1 billion for an embassy in Iraq?

    July 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. aunt Bea and Opie

    I would vote for Goober before I would vote for Angle.The women the right come up with just keep getting dumber by the day,just like the neocon posters on here.hahaha

    July 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Nick , California

    Republican Strategy: Blame Everybody else... Tell people that you can create jobs ( I would like to know the secret myself)... make fun of the President... Say "No" for political sport... Don't present any solutions.. Scare as many people as possible!

    July 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Of course Angle wants phase out Social Security and Medicare. She's sensible.

    Right now, we still have time to phase out Social Security and Medicare gently, before they go bankrupt and/or drag the US economy into ruin. But if we wait until they do go catastrophically bankrupt, it will ruin a lot of lives.

    Which is better? Giving people time to prepare? Or waiting until, suddenly, the Social Security cheques just stop showing up and even the few docs who take Medicare patients stop treating them because they're no longer being reimbursed?

    July 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. RoscoeB

    Angle has strong support form the Tea Party movement. Also from the Flat Earth Society, the Sun goes Around the Earth Movement, the Society for the Prevention of Education, and the Women Who Want to be Rush Limbaugh's 5th Wife Association.

    July 9, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Jim

    Talk about irresponsible advertising. Last I checked, there are hundreds of people responsible for the economy's current state. President Obama is trying to do something to turn it around, instead of ignoring it the way the Bush admin tried to do. But he gets blasted if one of his plans works because it's too slow, and he gets blasted if it doesn't work. I am sick to death of these guys slinging mud just to win back power. Just remember slugs, karma is a class-a payback.

    July 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. mike

    Sharron Angle owes the republican party BIG TIME and she knows it
    because if it wasn't for the party telling her what to do every step of
    the way and taking legal actions that is costing the party money she
    be falling flat on her face and looking like a bigger fool than she is already so what is the tea party going to get out of this if she were to get the seat look at Rand Paul he sucking the butt of the grand old party too
    THE TEA PARTY IS A JOKE

    July 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Dan

    Do you remember McCain saying "The economy is fundamentally sound" only to stop campaigning and run back to Washington because the economy was crashing while Bush was still President?

    A few adds showing McCain will remind everyone the economy crashed under Bush.

    July 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Rani McBride

    The Republican Party is so dishonest. They really cannot be that stupid to forget how this country got into this mess. We have 9.5 unemployment due to the financial crisis that happened due to 8 years of Republican Rule. We have the high deficit because of the Iraq war that Bush is responsible for not to mention all the other problems he created for this country. Hopefully in November, American's will not be as stupid as the Republican Party to forget all of this!!! Please.... if you gave Bush 8 years to ruin it, please give President Obama more than 19 months to fix it!!

    July 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. Paul from Phoenix

    "The president called Reid 'a man of principle. He is a straight shooter. He is a man of his word.Anybody who knows Harry knows he is made of strong stuff. This is one tough guy. He does not give up, he does not give in, he keeps on fighting and he outlasts them.'"

    Wow, am I the only one who sees Obama channeling his inner George Bush with these comments? What a train wreck.

    July 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Steve- Illinois

    Angle's a nut, and Obama thinks there's 57 states! Anybody that doesn't think Harry Reid has worn out his welcome in Washington, is nuttier than Angle! How many years does this guy need? The economy sucks! Unemploymebt is high, Nevada has the highest! The stimulus money has almost ran out, it didn't work! Health care? How's that free health care working out?

    Time to send these career politicians packing!

    July 9, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Larry

    Angle is an easy mark. She has all the intelligence of Palin.

    July 9, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Charles

    Isn't it funny, that anytime you speak out against Obama, and you are involved in politics at all, you are instantly sent packing, asked to resign or retired almost automatically?

    July 9, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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