September 17th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
8 years ago

Political Theater: Is new Angle ad beef or just bull?

(CNN) – If you want to rope and tie a western politico these days, perhaps nothing works faster than suggesting he or she is extending a big "Howdy, Pardner," to illegal immigrants. That is what Republican Sharron Angle has done in her latest attack ad aimed at Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid.

"Illegals sneaking across our border putting Americans' safety and jobs at risk," the announcer begins over black and white video of people creeping in the night, "and what does Harry Reid do? He comes out opposed to Arizona's tough new immigration law. Nevada families struggling with the nation's highest unemployment. Harry Reid? He votes to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens and to give illegals Social Security benefits even for the time they were here illegally. Harry Reid: The best friend an illegal alien every had."

That's a rough ride, as they say in rodeo. But how much is beef and how much is bull?

Full story on AC 360 Blog

Filed under: 2010 • Best Political Team grades • Harry Reid • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    For those of you too lazy to read the whole story, here's the conclusion:

    "We say the cherry-picked mix of facts and omissions may be standard political fare in Nevada, but it lands on our Sliding Scale of Truth between It's a Stretch and a plain old Tall Tale."

    Thank you AC360. I now retract my comment from yesterday making fun of CNN for posting her advertisement on the Ticker without having done any fact checking on it. She's a liar and a nutjob, but it won't really matter – she's saying what the angry, fearful, undereducated and misinformed portion of the Nevada voting populace wants to hear and reaffirming their preconceptions about Reid and the issues. Ergo, they will believe it regardless of the strength of the contrary facts and evidence.

    September 17, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Roberts

    Listen I don't care as Harry Reid is a disgrace. I would not vote Reid as dog catcher. Anyone and I mean anyone could do a better job. Reid has constantly lied to the state of Arizona and the nation while unemployment has skyrocketed and he jammed Obamacare and the stimulus down our throat. If you want more of the same just vote for that loser Reid.

    September 17, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Lori in St Pete

    I'll take "just bull" for the win, Tom.

    September 17, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    Angle Lies in Campaign Ad! Call CNN!

    September 17, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Living in NV I think Angle is a whack job. She has no point of view to offer because she is so far right she is off the scale. All she can do is attack, she has know reasonable platform. Kill Social Security cause it is welfare? Disband the Dept of Education? Kids have it rough enough in NV. God forbid there was no regulation on what little education they do get. Anti everything except for money for rich people!

    September 17, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. cecilia

    I am surprised ms angle would even talk on her own ad. guess she had a script or she would have blown it – dumass

    September 17, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Obozo VooDoo Economics 101: Spend your way to prosperity, tax your way out of recession.

    Hit 'em and hit 'em HARD Angle! Nothing hurts dirtbags like Reid more than the truth on their far left positions. For the sake of the country, Nevada needs to DUMP REID, and all like him!

    September 17, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Pragmatic

    "the cherry-picked mix of facts and omissions may be standard political fare in Nevada, but it lands on our Sliding Scale of Truth between It's a Stretch and a plain old Tall Tale..."

    ,,, what is fact, though, is that Sharron Angle actually proposed massages & saunas for prisoners, ala Ron Hubbard. She actually called the unemployed "spoiled" then added that job creation won't be "her job."

    Lies and spin ... a real obtuse Angle ... as are those who are blindly voting for her ... enjoy your nuclear waste dump in Yucca! But why punish the rest of America???

    September 17, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. bennie new york

    You're gonna fault someone for opposing SB 1070? Sharron, you are a radical. Even Tom Tancredo, who during the last presidential campaign depicted illegal immigrants as gangbangers and child molesters, says the AZ law goes too far, and I'm quite sure a majority of Nevadans agree.

    September 17, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. jim

    Harry Reid is a politican who's time is over.He has worked to destroy Nevada's economy.The fact that he supports giving benefits to illegals should come as no surprise.The fact that he's against Arizona tough immigration law is just political payback to the union bosses.They have sold out hard working Americans in order to curry favor with illegals for a potential huge membership increase if they can get them amnesty.

    September 17, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. God is love

    Distasteful for someone claiming christianity. Jesus said I will say before my father and His Holy Angels when I was a stranger you took me in...

    September 17, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. tim

    Be certain to thank John McCain for this national blunder.

    Why is it that the right always embraces stupidity and mediocrity?

    Does it make them feel better as they become attached to fools ?

    You have no idea what madness you have brought upon this nation over the long term.

    Every great civilization dies because the electorate eventually becomes too dim to realize the ultimate outcome. We have reached that point now. In a punctual way of speaking, Goodbye America.

    Now you can go back to your reality shows.

    September 17, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Marcus

    Any State law that usurps any power or prerrogative that the US Constitution says that it is ONLY a FEDERAL matter is not going to last, and be for it is be against the Constitution.
    Reid is for the Constitution, Angle isn't.
    And that is a bad thing?

    September 17, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Blablabla

    What a pitiful clown that woman is.

    September 17, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. zoi / lakeland fl

    It’s ALL beef...and CNN KNOWS IT. how about reporting the entire truth, You are as bad as FOX news is. You only report what the liberals want to hear. How about the "DREAM ACT" that Mr. Reid has tried sneaking in (again), this time in the defense spending bill. Its these "American dreams" that they have tried to give away since the 1990's (barney frank) that has lead this country to where it is today. If these public servants want to help the illegals, then the government should not have a waiting list that is years long (truthfully), allowing them to become resident aliens.

    September 17, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Pam

    Wow! Can the Republicans go any lower with their standards and morals???
    How could Harry Reid have voted to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens when they do not pay taxes?
    How could Harry Reid have voted to give social security benefits to illegal aliens when they do not collect social security?

    September 17, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Solomon

    I do not believe Sharon Angle has any good stuff in her brains for the U.S senate. This ad. is a good example of her several shows of incompetence and lack of the necessary credentials for the senate of the United States,

    September 17, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Dave

    The vast majority of Americans support immigration if it occurs according to law. However, Americans are opposed to ILLEGAL immigration. It is an offense to the laws of this land. It results in additional crime. It exploits illegal aliens. It costs too much in terms of education and health care. And it poses a security risk to the USA.

    September 17, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    Actaully, the US collects about 9 billion a year in taxes from illegals.

    Not all illegals work under the table.

    September 17, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. The incompetent Barrack Hussien Obama

    Well, let's deal with some facts.

    ILLEGALS cross the border from Mexico every day. Everyone knows we have somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 million illegals in the USA right now.

    Nevada has extremely high UnEmployment. You visit urban centers in Nevada, Arizona, and California, what do you see, tons of illegals who can't speak English looking for work, free healthcare, free schools, etc.

    Does Reid support anything to stop this? NO!

    No, Reid and his buddies want to give them amensty, let more in, raise taxes to pay for it all.

    September 17, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. vic, Nashville TN

    These words from FOX Bill O’Reilly show about Daily show Jon Stewart some months back “Lap dance”

    Two days back Bill O’ Reilly gave same dance to Sharron Angle

    September 17, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why won't she debate Sen Reid??? Is she afraid of something? Does she think Arizonans are going to realize how radical and crazy she is? This ad is just ridiculous and she approves of it. How can an ILLEGAL immigrant pay taxes??? You've got me scratching my head with that one Looney Tunes.

    September 17, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. vic, Nashville TN

    Why Sharron Angle avoid media other than FOX ?

    You can send all the illegal back after that Nevada will become ghost town easy to point the finger on illegal Reality what you say is not true

    September 17, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Lori in St Pete

    Roberts September 17th, 2010 12:10 pm ET, you're getting your players mixed up. It's mcgrumpy in arizona. You are, however, correct – he did lie to the state of Arizona and he is a disgrace!

    September 17, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Bear

    @Pam, they do collect SS benefits. They actually qualify for better benefits than you do after you work for 40 years legally in the US. It's called supporting anchor babies. Illegal aliens have kids in the US, the kids are legal citiezens now (14th Amendment), and the parents collect SS benefits (welfare) to raise them as citizens.

    In addition, one of the first bills Obama signed was to allow federal funding for illegal alien abortions. Clinton enacted the law, Bush repealed it, Obama re-enacted it. Guess who pays for the federal funding Pam? YOU DO!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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