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."
What an embarassement for Nevada to have such a moron as a senate candidate.
Sharron Angle represents the intellectual median of the group that has finally taken control of the GOP agenda.
She is running, not for Congress - where some small pockets of idiosyncratic voters may on occasion send a bona fide nitwit - but for the U.S. Senate.
She fits right in with Michele Bauchman, Marc Levine, Hannity, Rush and Glen - not to mention the prom queen of lunacy, Sarah Palin.
Just absolutely frightening.
WTF can you believe she is that stupid. She and Palin ought to run together. Just another reason not to vote for the tea baggers.
Harry sucks, but this woman is completely nuts.
Tea baggers... loud and proud but about as sharp as a bowling ball.
Angle should be aware that the first test is to face the journalists and answer whatever they ask. Failure to do so, won't take her to another step. She better ask the queen of Alaska who endorsed her what are the consequences!
Unbelievable. This woman has no idea how a free society operates, or what the function of the press is in a democracy. What she said could have been said by any dictator from Hitler onward, except that none of them would have said it publicly.
She is a liar. If she is so happy to answer questions, why does she run away from her own press conference?
God help Nevada and the Senate if she wins.
This is the woman you folx in nevada want as your new senator? if she can't handle hard questions (sometimes they're so easy a child could answer tho) what makes you so sure she's fit to be a senator?! despite all the wacko things she says..this is the person you would want to dethrown one of the most powerful senators in the senate to date? you right wingers bring chills down the spines of millions of americans! i'm one of them!
NEVADA DO THE RIGHT THING! DO NOT VOTE FOR THIS FREAK!
God help the Republican party if people like Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, and Sarah Palin are examples of their future leadership!!!!
Angle wants the same kid-glove treatment from the press that Obama gets.
It's pathetic that Angle is the best the republicans and teabaggers have to offer up.
Well, Sarah palin has found a way to only have to answer questions she wants to answer. Appear regularly on Fox News and ignore everyone else. That way, you don't have to answer real questions from real journalists.
"We needed the press to be our friend"....Actually, this is simply another brainless ideologue who saw what happened when another brainless ideologue, Sarah Palin, actually opened her mouth without a trainer around.
The GOP is simply trying to avoid another train wreck.
Sounds like something Sarah Palin would say...Stop asking us what kind of periodicals we read! That's too hard of a question to answer!.......Wake Up Tea Baggers!! This country is made up of people who do not agree with or believe everything you say. It is made up of people are different from you and journalists who don't owe you anything. If you can't answer simple, honest, questions from journalists (even ones you would prefer not to answer) then you are in the WRONG profession!!
Manipulating the media? Sounds like all that marxism, facism talk was true ...except it isn't Obama committing the deed, now is it...it's a tea partying Republican.
CUE......Sarah Palin, another one who avoids the press at all costs ....except the "FOX Talk SHOW" and hiding behind "tweets". They both are not informed on the issues, so no discussions of merit can take place.
Translation: "You know most of my off-the-right-edge positions, as well as how I don't like to engage in anything resembling honest debate, so stop being mean to a politically and intellectually challenged candidate."
Why on earth should the media only ask questions the politician wants to answer? The media should ask questions for the PUBLIC's benefit, not the politician's benefit!
It sounds to me like she is afraid of what a few questions will show about her views or capabilities. That alone makes me doubt her ability...
Sure, no problem, Governor, except for one small thing. The constitution gives us freedom of the press. The press gets to decide what questions it will ask. Some of us like it when the media ask politicians inconvenient questions. I would rather see the press get to control the questions than the politicians.
Do you have something to hide?
"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said
Hmmmm . . . . no. Only if you're talking about Fox (not) News, Angle. The REAL press is not supposed to be your "friend" they're supposed to keep politicians like you honest! Wow. Again . . . .so glad I'm not a Republican!
This woman could be Sarah Palins Mother, or she could be an in-breed......
She and Palin are twins separated at birth. Is this the future of the GOP? Airhead after airhead after airhead.
under what rock did this creature crawl???? anyone who considers voting for her needs to be put away for a long long time!
Finally a GOP candidate admits that her policy is such that if the voters knew what it was really about she would lose. It's been obvious for some time that GOP tactic is to shout, refuse to answer the questions asked, run over the other person's voice in debate, refuse to shut up and give anyone else a chance to speak and overall try to stonewall, lie and generally not discuss anything other than what they want to say – it's finally said plainly.
If I were a Nevadian, I would hate to have a candidate characterize the state I live in as a state in "Despair". Skyrocketing unemployment was caused by the financial meltdown and who brought that to us? The Republicans! The government spending was necessary for us to avoid a full fledged Depression. And now she is going to be our savior???