August 23rd, 2010
06:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Harry Reid uses Sharron Angle to blast Sharron Angle

Sen. Harry Reid released a new ad on Monday.

Sen. Harry Reid released a new ad on Monday.

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday released a new television ad in which he takes credit for securing education funding for his cash-strapped state and slams his opponent for her hard-line views on the Department of Education.

On August 10, Reid voted in favor of a bill that provided emergency funding to prevent teacher layoffs; President Obama signed the bill on August 11.

The ad uses Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle's own words to criticize her position on education. Angle told a Nevada radio station in May that she wants to "go through to the elimination" of the Department of Education because "it's not the federal government's job to provide education for our children."

That's "just too extreme," according to the new 30-second spot.

"Angle's radical plans to eliminate the Department of Education would cost Nevada college students more than $500 million in financial aid like Pell grants, and hundreds of millions for our state's elementary and secondary schools – all at a time when our students can least afford such draconian cuts," Reid campaign spokesman Kelly Steele said in a statement.

The race between Reid and Angle is in a statistical dead heat, according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Reid leads Angle by a 46-44 percent margin, with 5 percent of voters saying they are undecided. The poll's sampling error is 4 points.

Angle's campaign responded to Reid's ad Monday night, calling it a distraction.

"Senator Harry Reid has no solutions to the problems facing the nation and his disgraceful ads show how desperate he has become," Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy told CNN in a statement. "Senator Reid is too afraid to talk about his own record, so he tries to distract Nevadans from the real issues."

"Senator Reid’s home state leads the nation in unemployment, housing foreclosures, and bankruptcies, and Harry Reid is trying to hide his responsibility – but the voters are smarter than that. Nevadans know that Harry Reid’s policies and lack of real solutions caused these crises, and his ads are not fooling anyone," Stacy added.

(Updated at 7:00 p.m. ET with Angle campaign response)

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Brilliant! The truth comes back to bite you. This poor woman is totally nuts!

    August 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    This woman is a NUT! She runs from cameras (except Fox "News"), her stand on EVERYTHING is tin hat crazy. Surely the people of Nevada are too smart to elect someone who shouldn't be running for dog catcher.

    August 23, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    I read that not all schools will necessarily use the emergency funding money to prevent teacher's layoffs but might let it seat. $500 million in financial aid to Nevada college students, why????? is not like they're interested in learning anything, most waste their time with friends and on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc... they're only interested in buying the latest technology.

    August 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    I like the commercial. Go Harry Reid!

    August 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Are you paying attention GOPers? It's like a study in why your "say anything" strategery eventually backfires. Besides, rampant nihilism just indicates you're too lazy to understand the issues and educate yourselves sufficiently to take a position.

    August 23, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Yugo

    It is hard to take Ms Angle seriously, the same with Ms. Palin. Their campaign rhetoric defies both logic and reality. They capitalize on fear, paranoia and lies. They do not lead – they incite.

    August 23, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. barry

    Reid is desperate. He came out against the Mosque only after he called President Obama to say he was going to come out against him on the subject. I truly hope the good people of Nevada don't send him back to Washington. This guy is out of touch and is growing more desperate each day. He has had his chance. Unlike President Obama who can say he has only had 18 months, Harry doesn't even have that argument. Harry will say and do anything to get elected at this point. Surely people see he isn't creditable. Sharon Angle may have some ideas that Harry Reid sees as extreme but there is no way she can create the extreme mess that Harry and Nancy have. We will be paying off their extreme behavior for many years to come.

    August 23, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    Sharon "ugly face" Angle...the stupid right-wing militant from Nevada....her ideological political agenda are NO education, NO social security for grandma, NO healthcare, NO immigration, no job creation (she had said it's not her job as a senator), NO NOTHING...nada, zero, zilch........dis dimwit is a freakshow!

    Harry Reid is NOT an angel, but this devil with two horns Sharon "ugly face" Angle....please, her in at your own peril!!!

    August 23, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. the real ib

    Reid is scared and downright dirty. Hope we can wave bye bye to him after the stunts he has pulled in congress this year. Several from both parties actually that need waving bye bye to.

    August 23, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. they call me "tater salad"

    I wouldn't vote for this uneducated, know nothing, wretch to be den mother of the local cub scout troop! Like my father always told me........."You can fix fat and you can fix ugly but, you can't fix stupid"!

    August 23, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Hugo

    Gee Harry – It is called States Rights. Since when did it become the Federal Governments job to educate our children? We all pay property taxes to support funding of our State public educational system. If the Fed would enforce our laws and keep the illegals out of our schools and our society would defund these idiots that reproduce for welfare wealth our school systems would work just fine. Throw out the ACLU lawyers, the teacher Unions, the over paid school Administrators and get back to implementing the three R's and punishment in the Principals office with the old plank. That will make it work... Too much Government, too much money, too much irresponsibility and not enough accountability! If you pay for someone else's kid to get a better education than you can give your own then you get it, otherwise you are the problem!

    August 23, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    On August 10, Reid voted in favor of a bill that provided emergency funding to prevent teacher layoffs;
    Correction: On August 10, Reid voted in favor of a bill that provided taxpayer cash incentives for the important teacher unions to provide important support for Democrats in the upcoming November elections. How clever that they sold it as a way to prevent teacher layoffs! Of course Obama signed it. His social and economic experiments have been much easier to fund with a friendly Democratic controlled congress to rubber stamp everything. None of it has worked, but what a fun ride it's been!

    August 23, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. Marcus

    "it's not the federal government's job to provide education for our children."
    But what if the local/state government has not enough funds for education? 'Too bad, their problem'?
    That's petty, egoistical and of very poor results for the whole country in the long run.

    August 23, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    What you're looking at is one of the TRUE faces of REAL conservatism...

    Eliminate the Department of Education

    Eliminate Social Security

    Eliminate Medicare

    Elimainate Medicaid

    Eliminate Unemployment Benefits

    Eliminate Welfare

    Eliminate ANY and ALL programs that would help the poor and middle class while giving tax-cuts to multi-millionares.

    Is this really what the American people want?

    August 23, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Palavar

    The Angle campaign's response to an ad juxtaposing Senator Reid's record and Angle's statement is; "Senator Reid is too afraid to talk about his own record..." No wonder Angle is so contemptuous of federal funding for education, she clearly believes that Nevadans are far too stupid to have any use for schools.

    August 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Donnatella

    Sharon Angle is stark raving mad, I pity the fool that votes for her, they will live to regret it.

    August 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. jbakaregit

    Keep it rolling Harry.

    If her fans don't like the words coming out of her own mouth - tough. Let Sharron swiftboat herself. She is the gift that keeps on giving.

    August 23, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. CaliforniaBC

    And there are people who say they will actually vote for this woman for no other reason but to "punish" the Democrats and Harry matter what that does to their own representation. Angle is seriously nuts. These people would rather punish Reid and sacrifice some semblance of sane representation than acknowledge that the GOP has nominated a complete nutjob who has absolutely NO practical ability to represent Nevada in the Senate. She's already shown she doesn't even have the sense Fox gave Sarah Palin.

    And what's even more crazy is that these people want to punish Reid for what??? Do they even know? Because Nevada has high unemployment?? That there is primarily a STATE responsibility. A US Senator deals with NATIONAL issues and has NO authority to intervene in state legislation. If Nevada wants to punish someone, punish STATE representatives. Think for yourselves people. Putting Angle into office will not only screw up your federal representation it will do nothing to fix your state's problems. People need to realize that LOCAL and STATE representation is more directly related to issues that impact you than those representing you at the federal level.

    Be smart people, get educated and learn WHERE to focus your attention.

    August 23, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Sue

    There is an interesting article today in the Washington Post. The article states that when the Democrats got clobbered at the polls in 1994, unemployment was only 5.6%.

    Here we are in 2010 with unemployment at almost 10%

    Only a little over 2 months until the elections..........I can see November from my house, and it does not look good for Obama, Harry, and Nancy.

    After the elections, we will be partying like its 1994!!!!!

    August 23, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. edog

    What a funny response from the Angle campaign saying that, "Senator Reid is too afraid to talk about his own record, so he tries to distract Nevadans from the real issues." I thought education is an issue? I think Sharon Angle is in deep trouble!!!

    August 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Nathan

    These are the same people that elected Sarah Palin...I say he stands a good chance of winning!

    August 23, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Liz

    This is to Jerry Stacy:
    What brand of juice are you drinking?
    All Ms. Angle has done so far is sling mud at Reid; avoid answering REAL questions and regurgitate the extreme right wing's dolus dogma.
    Please get a job that actually has some social significance and stop enabling wing nut politicians. Angle and her ilk are ruining America.

    August 23, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. james

    She' s her own worst enemy, its 1 thing to vote against things that will help people such as the unemployment extension, but its quite another to open your mouth on national tv criticizing unemployed people for not finding a job and making her position known that she's against passing legislation to help people in this most difficult time.
    I dont think she desreves to serve in any political office. As far as I"m concerned she's a hardliner, wonder how she got this far.

    August 23, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Harry Reid is dangerous to the health of America

    If Harry Reid is reelected, Americans should be very afraid. he is a dangerous individual. He is a career beaurcrat whose only goal in life is to keep his cushy job as a do nothing Senator.

    Reid knows full well that Angle, if elected, will be a junior senator with a single vote. She will not have an opporrtunity or the power to do any of the things Reid is trying to frighten Nevada voters about. Reid, however, is in a position to cost Nevade thousands of jobs -and that is precisely what he has done.

    August 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Jonathan in VT

    How is that extreme? It seems redundant to have both a state Department of Education, and then on top of that, to have a federal Department of Education. He should try to dig up some kind of dirt on her instead.

    August 23, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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