August 26th, 2010
05:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Reid and Angle fire away on Nevada TV

Both Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are up with new ads.
Both Harry Reid and Sharron Angle are up with new ads.

(CNN) – The Harry Reid and Sharron Angle campaigns are both on the attack again, with each side up on Nevada television with a new ad Thursday.

The commercial by the Senate Majority Leader continues a full court press by his campaign and national Democrats over the past three months to paint Angle as too extreme. The former Nevada state lawmaker, once a long shot in the battle for the GOP Senate nomination, won the June primary thanks in part to strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.

"What do you call a candidate who says the way things are going, the time may be coming for second amendment remedies? An armed response to our government? Who says a teenage rape victim should be forced to have the baby? Who proposed a Scientology massage program for prisoners? And who says that Medicare and Social Security violate the Ten Commandments? What do you call that candidate? Extreme. Sharron Angle. Just too extreme," says the narrator in the Reid ad.

A campaign spokesman for the four-term senator says the commercial is running statewide on broadcast and cable television.

Angle's ad ties Reid to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama and attacks the three top Democrats for their economic agenda.

"It may be the most tragic love story of our time: Pelosi, Obama and Harry Reid. Together they promised to change America, and boy did they. A taxpayer bailout for Wall Street, a $787 billion stimulus that failed, and spending that has led to record deficits and skyrocketing unemployment. They say you can't buy love, but we've certainly paid a heavy price," says the narrator in the Angle commercial.

The Angle campaign says their new ad is running across Nevada on broadcast and cable television. Her campaign and independent groups supporting her have spent $2.9 million to run commercials over the past three months, according to figures from the Campaign Media Analysis Group. Reid's campaign and independent groups supporting him have spent $3 million.

"Reid's a known commodity, so what his campaign is doing is to paint Angle as too extreme. He's doing everything he can do to make Angle an unacceptable choice," says Evan Tracey, CMAG President and CNN's consultant on political TV ad spending.

"Angle's got plenty to ammunition to use to attack Reid, to remind voters why they don't like Reid, but she also has to make herself acceptable," adds Tracey.

Nevada has led the nation with the highest state unemployment level the past three months. The most recent non-partisan polls of Nevada voters indicate Reid holds a slight advantage, but his leads are within the surveys' sampling error.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Sharron Angle
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Brady

    I find it humorous that Reid is accusing someone else of being extreme. Reid is a disgrace as a Senate leader and has done a pitiful job for the state of Arizona. How anyone could vote for this guy based on his record is beyond me. Any CEO in America would be sent packing with the results Reid has given AZ. He was great as an agitator but he can't lead or govern.

    August 26, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Christie

    Thanks for standing your grounds.

    August 26, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    Democrats need to know that they should target unsatisfied consumption demands in the USA. That is consumption by the poor.
    While the rich fueled our economy and banking system with 5-10 credit cards each, and excessive consumption of everything from houses to cars, and everything in between, the poor were basically either going for the dumpster or starving or living on welfeare if they qualified.

    That is, their demands have not been met yet since capitalism was created. The next generation of consumption would have to come from the desire of the investors to satisfy that demand.

    August 26, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. MR AMERICA

    Angle is laughable. Wow the Right loves their kooks.

    I'm no Reid fan or "hate filled liberal" as you folks paint everyone that disagrees with you. I think the Dems got it about half right. The problem is that the Repubs only got it about 10% right.

    I propose a National Day of Prayer that a Viable Third Party Candidate will Emerge. Now THAT would be a messiah.

    August 26, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    I'm not a Reid fan, but even though I'm a Republican, I think that Angle would be a disaster in office.

    August 26, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Mike, Albany

    Anti-intellectualism seems to be at a premium in America these days, which is why someone like Sharon Angle can get this far. If we continue down this path, I guarantee you that America will become a third-rate nation very quickly. It's already on its way. Stop the idiocy now. It's important that our leaders be capable of rational and deductive thinking and that they have solid problem solving skills. Their religion and ethnic background are totally irrelevant in this regard. Losers like Angle, Palin, Bachman, Boehner, and Cantor need to be recognized for the dangerous hate mongers that they are. Please people, wise up! Being smart and well-educated are good things, and people with these qualities should not be marginalized in our society.

    August 26, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Linda C

    Give it up dingy Harry! Big mistake to underestimate the Tea Party, just wait until Sarah Palin makes her way back to Nevada for Angle...

    The only "extreme" here is you Harry, Pelosi and Obama...

    August 26, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Angi's mom

    They both sound neurotic and unstable. Good luck, Nevada.

    August 26, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Kenneth Close

    We need a third party candidate to steal away the nomination while these to gets see who's is the biggest.

    August 26, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Montello

    As a Nevadan who has lived through Harry Reid's entire reign, I desparately want to see him defeated. He has done nothing significant for the state and his values do not reflect the majority of Nevadans. However, Angle is pretty strange – not so strange as Reid paints her – but she's still out there. What to do? I guess I'd rather have a senator who accomplishes nothing than one who is constantly working against us, so I'll reluctantly vote for Angle. Sure wish we had a better choice.

    August 26, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I remember the days when campaigns were not hateful. When we saw ads on TV rarely and listened on the radio. Are we not sick and tired of vile campaigns? Sadly, no.

    Reid has to point out the Angle wants to:

    Get rid of Social Security or make it so we can invest in the Stock Market with SS money!

    Get rid of Medicare & Medicaid! That should wake up some Seniors who think the GOP is on their side!

    Between to evils, I pick the Democrat! At least Harry Reid is on the side of the Working & Middle Classes!

    August 26, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. D.

    One has a long recoord of abuse, the other one has just talked from positions of no power. Now, who deserves a chance?!

    August 26, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Buster

    EXTREME? There are few more extreme and stupid as Reid and a couple of them are obama,reid,barney frank,chris dodd,maxine waters(super stupid) and conyers. We cannot afford these extreme fools any longer.

    August 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Robert, CA

    Ha ha Harry Reid.

    CNN, as a public service, could you start running a series on urban/rural survival? Now that the economy is starting to tank, people are going to need to know where to go for food and shelter. For instance, post locations by zipcode where people can go for a free meal sometimes. Also, post information about gardening and hunting/fishing for those in suburbia and further out. We've lost much of our ability to properly feed and provide for ourselves. When the food distribution chain breaks down a lot of people are going to be in a world of hurt, this would be a good public service for CNN to provide.

    August 26, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Barry In Las Vegas

    At the end of the day Nevadans are in the "Anybody but Harry" mode. He has become a Washington DC power broker who, like Tom Daschle forgot about or doesn't care what the people in his home state want.

    August 26, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. ED FL

    It would be great if REID and Angle/Angel fall in love and elope ,the country would get rid of 2screwballs that have nothing to offer in Washington DC. Have a Happy Honeymoon.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. Roger

    I don't know how Reid can even face the public. His underworld tactics in the Senate are a disgrace to American democracy and that alone should put an end to his political underhanded career. If you bring up all his stupid statements and predictions, one only wonders how he has survived this many years. Our Nation is at a crossroad and hopefully the good people of Nevada will eliminate this parasite.

    August 26, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Clwyd

    Angle, Bachman and Palin. All nut cases who need some mental help not votes!

    August 26, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. vgal

    Ha – if Arizona elects Sharron Angle to congress, than they deserve what they get. Plus – it will be SO FUNNY for the rest of us in the country to watch her for the next few years.

    August 26, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. John

    I'am with you Harry,Campaign Hard and I know you can beat her in Nov.You're the Best!

    August 26, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Doug

    Harry Reid is the one who is extreme. He is extremely bad for the country. I hope we see the end of him and Pelosi – soon. I'll take anybody else. ANYBODY else.

    August 26, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. Bobby UT Vol

    Harry Reid makes me want to throw up with his arrogrance, the same as Polsi and Obama. They are going to ruin our country surly people in Nevada wont re elect him.

    August 26, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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