(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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