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. George

    Reid is right, of course, but that hardly matters this year. It's all about anger and "sending a message", so it's 1994 again and no one should be surprised at how it turns out, but I'm sure they'll all act like they couldn't have seen it coming. Senate Majority leadership is probably the only thing Nevada has to brag about these days, but they're mighty anxious to toss that aside, along with a perfectly good Senator, so that they can "shake things up". Well, good luck with that, Nevada. A state where humans are unsuited to live in is the perfect place for such a farce.

    August 26, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Mike

    Harry needs to lay down and shut his lie trap! What can be more extreme than making secret bacroom deal and bribes for votes on legislation that has not yet even seen the light of day?

    August 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. tcaudilllg

    We aren't painting: she's a raving psychotic.

    August 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Jilli

    Sorry folks but, Sharron Angle is living on another planet, and it's not one that I want to live on. No more black clothes – black is sinister. No abortions – women who are raped will have the rapists child. Privitized – or as she says "personalized" social security and medicare vouchers. Nope, she's too far out there. She takes the "I've got mine, screw you" republican ideology to even further extremes.

    August 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Von Bismark-Vienna

    Why can't Angle be bold enough to tell the truth:-that the bank bailout was by Bush?The GOP's culture of distorting facts.

    August 26, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Dee

    I'm glad I don't live in Nevada. Angle is way too far right for me. One of those "my way or the highway" people. But then I do not care for any of the folks who decide that anyone who is not with them 100% is evil,

    August 26, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. james

    reid a lier and a sell out too the people of nevada

    August 26, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. Unions helped build the middle class

    Angle is the head of the Moron party.

    August 26, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. roro

    Sharon Angle is a total nut case, who is completely unqualified to be a United States Senator. She couldn't even make sense when she was on a local school board. The team couldn't wear black because it was evil. What a moron!

    August 26, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. carlos

    she belongs in the dumpster with all that crap that she is spewing.......sicko and women hater

    August 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Can't tell whether Reid is talking about Angle or Palin or two headed devils.

    August 26, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Colorado

    Reid is all about higher taxes, more spending, and redistributing wealth. At least the republicans believe in personal responsibility and staying out of the way as much as possible so average american citizens can strive for whatever they want. The left just seems to want to go the way of the EU, Greece, and others that have failed.

    August 26, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. the real ib

    Look at some of the stupid stuff that has been passed while Reid has been over the senate majority and he talks about extreme.LOL

    August 26, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    Why will Reid not tout his record?
    Obamacare, bailouts, buyouts, stimulus, jobs, economy, National debt,National security, immigration, pork, backroom deals, late night votes, truth, honesty, oh well you get the idea.
    That is the reason Dems can only attack with half truths or complete lies.
    But that is standard operating procedure for congress.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. GI Joe

    She is certifiably insane.

    And if Nevada gives up a senior senator for someone that will NEVER make it to any committee, they are insane too.

    August 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. malabar

    I dont understand what Reid has against Angle, its not like she has that dreaded negro dialect he cant stand. btw, when harry reid wanted to tweak the 14th ammendment in the 90s, was that extreme? hahaha, eh, they both seem equally annoying and out of touch anyway. and its just nevada so who cares

    August 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Eric

    Fascist – a conservative winning an argument against a liberal
    Extremist – a conservative winning an election against a liberal

    Ever notice how the media liberally tosses these labels around, to basically anyone who dares disagree with their liberal statist dogma?

    August 26, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. katiec

    Go after her, Harry.
    What a black mark it would be for Nevada and our country if this unqualified, radical, irresponsible person is elected to office.

    August 26, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. Shari from Madison WI

    Well said, Mr Reed. Sharon Angle would have us back in the dark ages. She is truly extreme. As long as we have extremists running each party this country will never be centered again.

    August 26, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    Reid will win!!!

    August 26, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. DOBBS RETURNS

    Reid has to do and say anything to get the attention away from him and
    over to her. Demonize the messenger when you can't silence the message. Good show, Harry. We know you think our attention span
    is weak, but not weak enough to forget your dismal record in office.

    August 26, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Fed Up

    What's the big deal about Harry Reid being re-elected? If he's not re-elected, he'll just become a lobbyist, for big business.

    August 26, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. DJ in TX

    Why do people blame the bailout on Obama? That was enacted under President Bush with Hank Paulson requesting the funds. IN fact, it was only a 3 page doucment that Paulson handed to Congress requesting $700 billion.

    BTW – for all the people that were opposed to the TARP, please ask yourself what would have been if it had not passed. I'm a Democrat, and don't necessarily like the way things happened either. But I firmly believe (although badly mismanaged) if TARP had not been enacted, we would be in a MUCH worse situation now.

    Also note – quite a bit of the stimulus was for TAX CUTS for small businesses and middle income families.

    Nevada, I know you don't like Reid, but do you really want someone like Angle in the Senate?

    August 26, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. James in Columbia MO

    Amazing. Just a few months ago I would have bet money that Reid was finished. Now, thanks to this finge lunatic winning the Republican primary he may just stay alive. Reid really isn't a bad guy – he just lacks a little in the charisma department.

    August 26, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. marc in california

    i've never been a big harry reid fan and i'm a liberal democrat. i honestly would not mind seeing him loose this november IF HIS OPPONENT WASN'T SOME RIGHT WING TEA PARTIER!

    Let it be known that the only reason i am pulling for harry reid is because i don't want sharon angle at all.

    August 26, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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