July 20th, 2010
02:06 PM ET
4 years ago

New Angle ad says society 'fearful'

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with a new ad Tuesday.
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with a new ad Tuesday.

(CNN) – A new ad by Sharron Angle highlights the nation's massive deficit and states that "government is the problem."

The television commercial, the second by Angle since she won last month's Republican Senate primary in Nevada, doesn't mention her opponent in November's midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"We have a fearful society right now. What they're afraid of is that what we're going to be passing down to our children is not liberty and freedom but debt and deficit," says Angle in the ad, speaking in front of an audience. "That's why you and I have an opportunity right now to change the direction of our country. Government is not the solution to the problem. Government is the problem. We the people are the solution."

Angle's campaign tells CNN it's spending $330,000 to run the commercial on television statewide over the next seven days. The campaign says they may release another TV ad later this week or next week.

Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. A former Nevada state lawmaker, Angle enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.

Her campaign's first ad of the general election, which aired on television earlier this month, criticized Reid over the state's 14 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

Reid faces a difficult re-election this year as he bids for a fifth term in office. But a Mason-Dixon poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal released Friday indicated that Reid led Angle 44 to 37 percent. The survey is the first one from Mason-Dixon in which Reid's lead has been outside the sampling error.

The new Angle ad appears to be part of a push by the campaign to portray Angle in a positive light, to fight back against a full court effort over the past month by the Reid campaign and national Democrats to portray Angle as out of the mainstream.

"We have been staffing up for over one month and we've also been building our war chest," said Angle said Monday night in an interview on the Fox Business Network.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. David

    This same – the world is going to end debt and deficit talk – happened in the 80's as well, it is a political game – everything is going to be just fine. It is the GOP and crazy Teabaggers like Angle who are stoking fear.

    July 20, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    We don't have to worry about our liberties or freedoms being taken away since Bush is no longer in office.

    July 20, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Toby

    Society is afraid all right. Afraid of Sharron Angle and her ilk.

    July 20, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Marge

    You mean all that starting wars, spying on citizens, tax cuts for the super rich and corporations, outsourcing of our jobs by the previous wasn't a problem...this woman needs to be examined ,,right away. How in the devil did she ever get ANY VOTES.

    Maybe the republicans in Nevada were in the casinos partaking of the very thing she wants to abolish..liquor.

    July 20, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    So - she wants to have a bigger part in the "problem" - no thanks– too many republicans already.

    Wonder how much business will grow in Vegas and Reno when alcohol is prohibited??

    July 20, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Laverne

    This plagarism, she is repeating what Ronald Reagan said during his campaign speeches in hopes that it will save her butt! You are no Ronald Reagan lady!

    July 20, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. La Piovra

    I am fearful, all right. I am scared stiff that a panicked electorate with short memories and "white fright" will be chicaned and stampeded into putting her ilk back in power.

    July 20, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. montag

    Government isn't the problem, Sharron. It's the right-wing nutjobs in politics, like you, that are the problem.

    July 20, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Frank

    Uh, if government is the problem, why is she running for a government office?

    July 20, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. NC

    Government is not a solution to the problem unless I want: Medicare and Social Security for Grandma and Grandpa, Funds for my special needs child, the government to find me a job, schools, interstate highways, or government help when my area has a man made or natural disaster, safety regulations for vehicles, housing and the airways. Looks like the people need govenrment at some point in their lives. Why are people like this running for office?

    July 20, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. normajean

    Angle, like so many Republicans talk about what we will be handing down to our children in the future, if we don't do things their way. May I point out that the way things are right now, we aren't going to have any thing to pass on to the children that are here right now. We are losing everything,RIGHT NOW. Homes, jobs, savings, sanity. My well educated,careerist daughter,out for almost two years says she is "numb". Republicans......just how do you think people like this are going to vote? .....You don't need three guesses.

    July 20, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. David in Houston

    This lady is a joke. I certainly hope the good people of Nevada have better sense than to elect this woman to the national stage.

    It's a sad day when the is the best candidate the GOP can field...

    July 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Sharron

    This woman can't face the main stream media because she is afraid of the tough scrutiny she will get, the questions that they will ask and she can't answer.......how can she be responsible in the Senate to face the tough questions and have to give responsible answers......this woman is a nut and all who vote for her are just as crazy as she is......Republicans say it isn't Government thats gone wrong it's the people in Government.......well where were all these people when Bush/Cheney were in office......NOT A WORD......but now that we have a Democrat President (and Black at that) and a Democratic majority all of a sudden it't the people in our Government that are bad.......it's always been that way but when the GOP is in the WH or has control of Congress then we don't hear about how bad the people are in Government...odd don't you think

    July 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Video Guy

    Its interesting how folks in the Tea Bag movement lump all of us together. I am a member of society and I am not at all fearful. I am a American I am not mad about taxes, big government, etc. I wish these Tea Bag sucking folks stop trying to speak for me.

    July 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Tracy

    She's an idiot. Right now republicans are "Stuck on Stupid"

    July 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    We have heard those lies before from the GOP. Smaller Goverment, Government is the problem. But show me where any of the last times the GOP was in power they reduced spending and the size of Government? At least the Democrats are honest about having Government control of everything, but why should I trust the GOP who does the same thing?
    Most Neo conservatives simply don't want small government. They want their own version of big government. Of course, they have done a pretty good job of fooling American voters for decades by repeating the phrases "limited government" and "small government" like a hypnotic chant. It's interesting that Neo conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When Neo conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that don’t count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a Neo conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.
    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."

    July 20, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Mike

    For as bad as Harry Reid has been, this woman will screw it up for the GOP. Commercials will not convince people, you need to get out and speak to the press – regardless of how pathetic they have become in this country. Just another example of how the crazy christians in thsio country feel they need to subject American to their values. It is far more offensive to me for a politcal party to tell me how to raise my family than Barrack telling me that we need bigger goverment.

    July 20, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. ah ha

    you know, between the Reps giving it all to the rich and the Dems giving it all to the poor it seems those in the middle are really getting sqeezed by big brother in both directions. Time for real change and vote for independents who share your views because both theis party's havent earned my vote or TRUST in many years.

    July 20, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. ronalde

    you are right ms.angle we are fearful of people like you,who would get rid of our social security,do away with our medicare and give tax breaks to the filthy rich,and step all over the middle yes you are scary.

    July 20, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    No, what we fear is lunatics like Angle anywhere near politics.

    July 20, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Larry

    It's pathertic that Angle is the best the teabaggers have to offer.

    July 20, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. independent

    You are fearful.
    You are afraid.
    You are afraid of big government.
    We have big government and you are afraid of big government.
    You are afraid of what we have, so we need to change it.
    We need to change big government to small government.
    The Tea party, and Angle, want you to elect them to government.
    Then, they are all going to resign at once, making big government smaller.

    Oh. They are not going to resign? Sorry. I guess I misunderstood.

    And who will protect us from the big bankers and wall street? Who will defend us from abusive insurance companies? Who will defend us from Big Oil and their threats to our livelihoods? Who will defend our way of live from Al Quaida? – if we make government small.

    Your fears are not my fears. Those who threaten you may not threaten me and vice versa. If you want some part of government to help and protect you, it may be different from the part of government I want helping me. By definition, a government that represents (protects) all of the people will be bigger than any one person wants it to be. But you can't have only what you want, we live in a big, diverse, democratic country. Expect government to be bigger than you personally might want it to be. I will let it help you, you let it help me.

    What you should be afraid of is a political philosophy which plays on your fear.

    July 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Steph

    Blatant use of fear tactics so often found in the Republican party. Also, no solutions offered by the candidate, another hallmark of the GnoP. Just saying "no" and "vote the bums out" doesn't give Ms. Angle any responsibility to actually do anything if (heaven forbid) she gets into the Senate and becomes part of the government (AKA the problem).

    July 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Frenchbuggler

    We the people need to rid OURSELVES of every incumbent politician and replace most of those running with people that are NOT politically minded however bring good work eithics to existing political posts. There is really no time for those now running as politicians on their own accord. Names of selected hardworking employees should be drawn from a pool of those working in large companies that are notorius for exceptional WORK while at their present jobs. It is my opinion that the president needs replacement also with someone who walks the walk, rather than talk it and do nothing about it! We have such a leader in the WH now!

    July 20, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. johnkc

    Angle wants to eliminate social security and medicare. She needs to blame the republican Bush administration that gave tax cuts twice, while we got involved in two wars. He should have been raising taxes to pay for some of his programs. People like her, who are republicans are the problem. They have no new ideas, and vote no on anything involving a change. I may not care for Harry Reid much, but I care for her much less.

    July 20, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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