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."
Whats a gotcha question? is it asking what magazines or newspapers u read? No it is getting asked questions u know nothing about
Some candidates are their own worst opponent....Angle is the poster child of naive candidates whose glibness will snatch defeat from victory. Thanks a lot Sara Palin and Nevada tea party for helping Reid's re-election after being one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the County. At this rate, the prediction for a sweeping Republican victory in November is becoming a pipe dream. And I thought the Country was being ruined by the Left!
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."
Sharron Angle – the future of the republican party......
Her and Sarah must be related, they are afraid of the tough questions. Cause they would not be able to answer them. They both want a list of questions ahead of time so they know the correct answers and not look as dumb as both of them are.
Harry Reid is finding out firsthand, as Obama found out in 2008, that it is nice to be running against an idiot.
"So that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."
Seems to me that she is admitting that she against the 1st amendment...
That's OK. I will vote for her opponent if she doesn't want to answer questions.
Really Sharron? I want my boss to pay me what I want, work only on days that I want and........Geez and she wants people to vote for her.
Is it true that one of the requierements to be a Republican women candidate for anything you have to be as dumb as a brick, this women must be Palin,s long lost twin, go girl keep saying really dumb things, you and the baggers are going to loose the election in November big time.
Maybe she should hire Josef Goebels as her press secretary. He was pretty good at controlling the press as I recall.
What? So would she have liked the media to ask only the questions that Richard Nixon wanted to answer? How about Charlie Rangel? I'm sure they would have loved the news to be reported the way that they wanted it to be reported, but then it wouldn't be the News....well maybe Fox News...
Wow. I mean, seriously- right wingers and tea partiers shout "Socialism!" or "Marxism!" in regard to Obama and his administration, but now these folks are looking to run the media and/or have the media report only what "The Party" would like reported? Are you kidding me?
Oh gosh, that doesn't sound like Communist Russia *at all* (smirk...)
Go ahead Tea Partiers, elect these clowns to high office because they're going to "rescue the consitution". Sounds like controlling the media is a good place to start when it comes to free speech and restoring liberty, right?
Surprise surprise, a politician wants to answer only questions that they want to answer... This is news? Sure, it was dumb of her to say it out loud, but everyone on both sides of the isle would love to be asked only those questions to which the answer helps their cause.
Ms. Angle, urging the media to report only what you want it to–in order to make YOU look good–is called PROPOGANDA.
Hitler and Goebbels would love this fascist.
Nevada Senate Candidate Sharon Angle, Talk About A Fool! Oh Please With This "Answer The We Want To Answer" Business. Who In The Heck Does This Complete Joke Of A So-Called Politician Think She Is?
If Nevada votes Sharron Angle in as Senator, then I will know that there is something wrong with Nevadans and that they deserve anything they get. This woman is simply dumb.
That's what FOX News is for lady and that is why all of the extremists like to be on the FOX "Show". If you don't want to answere hard questions stick with FOX.
This woman and her followers are lost in the fog. I mean, does she REALLY believe a raped woman should be denied the right to an abortion, as she says?
My god......with clownish oafs like Angle actually given consideration what fools have we have degenerated into?
oh yea....she's done
What she means is, ask the questions the people
want answered instead of asking combative questions
the media routinely asks Republican candidates.
The last politician to control the press is our sitting
President. You don't hear hardball partisan questions
asked of him like you hear asked of Republicans. It's
just a fact of life in the media right now.
Case in point : The difference in the questions The View
panel asked Michele Obama and Cindy McCain.
Some subjects were off limits with the Obama's.
The view panel was down right rude to the McCains
and never asked them a relevant question to the election.
If some of you didn't know that then you are out of touch
All Angle wants is a fair shake from the media. She is not
going to get it.
Yep, that's gen-yew-whine Republican thinkin'.... shackle the media and make 'em ask the questions you want to answer. No wonder the GOP is a total failure.
who does your hair?
can you spell Arizona?
I guess she wants her cake and to eat it too. She's a few sandwiches short of a pick nick basket and if the Tea Party want to wrap it's arms around her then it's obvious they don't really believe in the constitution if a candidate of their choosing wants to control the media. Hell I agree their is a left wing bias in the media just like a right wing bias on AM radio so in my opinion they both cancel each other out.