Washington (CNN) - One day after Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said that a Republican senator has "outlived his usefulness," Democrats on Tuesday are claiming Angle "thinks people who criticize her political positions should die." In response, her campaign is blasting that characterization of her remarks as "absurd."
"Outlived" and "die" are the latest entrants in an increasingly bitter war of words between Angle, her supporters - and her detractors. Both sides are throwing sharp verbal knives as Angle hopes to oust the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Democratic National Committee is responding to comments Angle made to Neil Cavuto of Fox News on Monday. In that interview, Angle was asked to respond to recent comments from Republican Sen. Robert Bennett.
On Friday, the Utah senator told the Associated Press that Angle would likely not beat Reid. Bennett also criticized the Tea Party movement, saying that it is "creating mischief" and is clueless of a clear strategy to govern the country. Bennett lost his re-election bid, at a state convention in May, partly at the hands of Tea Party activists.
Speaking with Cavuto, the Tea Party-backed Angle said of Bennett: "I'm glad to be lumped to a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe as they showed at the polls that Sen. Bennett has outlived his usefulness." Angle added, "I suppose he's not mainstream any longer. He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times."
The remark that Bennett "has outlived his usefulness" has now gotten a scathing response from national Democrats.
"While 'death panels' were nowhere to be found in the health insurance reform bill, it looks like Sarah Palin can find a one-woman version of one in Nevada where Sharron Angle thinks people who criticize her political positions should die," DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.
"Her sentiments are sick," Sevugan added, reiterating his party's claim that Angle "wishes death upon her critics."
Reid's campaign is seizing on the comments as well.
"This is yet another example of Sharron Angle's over-the-top rhetoric that underscores an agenda far too dangerous and extreme for Nevada," Reid Campaign Deputy Communications Director Zac Petkanas said in a statement. "Whether she's comparing Social Security to 'welfare', saying that Nevada's unemployed are 'spoiled' or suggesting 'Second Amendment remedies' are a reasonable reaction to defeat at the ballot box, our campaign will not shy away highlighting just how out-of-touch Sharron Angle is with Nevada's voters."
In response, Angle's campaign fired right back.
"We expected Harry Reid to be desperate–we didn't expect him to be totally absurd. When Reid wants to actually have a debate about his atrocious unemployment record and what he has done to destroy Nevada's economy, let's talk."