Washington (CNN) - It's what all political candidates probably want but few will actually admit: if they could control the press, they would. But Sharron Angle is openly saying that she prefers talking to journalists that "ask the questions we want to answer," prompting one conservative publication to ask, "Did she just say that out loud?"
The criticism is in response to comments that the Republican Nevada Senate candidate made in an interview that aired on Sunday. Angle hopes to oust the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an increasingly brutal race. A fresh poll shows Reid with a slim lead.
On Fox News, Angle was asked about her defensive posture towards the press. She recently explained why she routinely refuses to do mainstream media interviews.
"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said in the Sunday interview that, Angle's campaign said, was done shortly after the June 8 Nevada GOP primary.
The interviewer then asked if Angle was being "naïve."
As part of her response, Angle said: "We wanted them [the press] to ask the questions we want to answer. So that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."
Angle went on to say she would like to use the media to raise campaign funds.
The conservative National Review's website put up a post with a headline blaring, "Did She Just Say That Out Loud?"
Others have questioned why a political candidate, even one as outspoken as Angle, would seem to suggest she'd prefer to manipulate the media.
Jon Ralston, well known Nevada political journalist, called Angle's comments "pretty astounding."
"All politicians want to answer the questions they want to answer," he told CNN. But Ralston said, "It is, at best, naïve."
Angle's campaign explained the comments to CNN.
"Nevada is in a state of despair and voters need a candidate that is going to focus on the issues that effect everyday lives like sky-rocketing unemployment and reckless government spending. Sharron was simply stating that we need to focus on solutions for those key issues, not 'gotcha' moments like Harry Reid wants to distract people with," Communications Director Jarrod Agen said in a statement.
Reid's campaign obviously disagrees.
"Sharron Angle is clearly starting to see that her positions on killing Social Security, eliminating the Education Department, and bringing nuclear waste to Nevada are quickly being rejected by Nevada voters," Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summer said in a statement.
Angle's campaign denies it wants to "kill" Social Security. The candidate has publicly said that she advocates a transition to personalized accounts as a way to salvage a broken Social Security system. As for the Education Department, the campaign has previously called it "unconstitutional" and blasted its "one-size-fits-all policy and programs that fit no one."
Why do people ask hard questions? She simply doesn't want the public to hear what she really stands for because she sure as hell would'nt be elected.Reminds me of a snake in the grass.Typical Repub.
If the GOP doesn't win control of Congress in November, they will have Tea Party nitwits like Angle to blame.
My God, compared to this woman, Sarah Palin is a deep thinker!
Nice work cnn. It is rare that you target in on the gaffs and quotes from democrats that could be used out of context to crusify. Republicans and especially the Tea Party are you targets. You depend on these moments to try to maintain a foothold on the news market. When will you learn that the majority of the country was, is, and will always be conservative. Our constitution is set up for every man/woman to be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness without the yolk of the government or other citizens holding them back. I don't follow Angle, but if she is half as qualified and intelligent as Palin, then she easily outshines public enemy number 3 Harry Reid. When a great conservative candidate is targeted on CNN, its like free advertising for the next great liberal slamming, pansy trashing, sugar britches stomping, super hero of a conservative leader. I am SOO EXCITED FOR 2010!!
If the Far Right expects the voting public to actually buy their dictatorship plan, they need to find smarter people than Angle, Bachman and Palin to make the commercials. Would you let these women take charge of your medical care?
Your retirement? Your very existance? If you're reading this, you care about what's going on. It's up to YOU to get out the vote in your neighborhoods!
Tea Party does not want government to control private citizen's life, but this candidate wants to control the media!! Imagine this lady as US President, I think she will be worser than Nixon.
It worked for Bush for a while with that gay prostitute guy who pretended to be a journalist, hahaha, and you Republithugs thought we would forget that...
...BTW, did they ever find that Bianca that Bush was looking for at that press conference, hahahahaha....
Republicans are a sick joke from God to the world.
Here is my question: Why are you so dumb?
This woman is CRA-Y!