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. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I say BULL, especially considering that the bulk of the folks who hired those illegals were card-carrying Republicans trying to beat the system to rake in the biggest profits while paying below minimum wages. After all, how many illegals would be willing to go to the police to complain that they were not being paid the legal wage for their work? How many would be willing to complain that they were not being provided health care benefits? Oh, yeah, that's right – as independent "sub-contractors" they were paid based on the job and were expected to provide their own coverage! So pay them for an budgeted 20 hour week, but expect 40 hours work from them. How do you think all those expensive Golf Course Condos were built.

    September 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. EC

    It's full of BULL, BULL, BULL!

    90% of Americans today derive from illegal immigrants who came to this country illegally decades ago. HOW quickly majority of Americans forget about their own ILLEGAL immigrant legacy while quickly bashing a group of people such as the Latino population. etc.

    Majority of Americans didn't complain when these immigrants were doing the back-breaking jobs Americans deem beneath them.

    I don't see majority of Americans applying for the job of picking produce in the fields, landscaping yards, cleaning homes, or caring for their children, etc.

    Majority of Americans love to talk a good GAME when it comes to the benefits they themselves are reaping off the back of illegal immigrants for centuries!!!

    It's OKAY for majority of SPOILED and LAZY Americans to blame EVERYTHING on illegal immigrant while REAPING THE BENEFITS themselves. If you look at America's HISTORY, it's what Americans do best. They LOVE reaping the benefits off the backs of other minorities who DO THE HARD LABOR while they themselves become more more spoiled and lazy year after year. Majority of Americans feel they are "entitled" to everything and don't have to lift a finger to get it. It's the same old selfish, greedy and materialistic mentality that has plaque this country for decades!!!!

    Majority of Americans who are doing the most squawking are the very same folks who look down on all those minimal paying day-labor jobs these dedicated immigrants do EVERY DAY, ALL DAY LONG!!

    Clearly Americans LOVE TO BLAME and ATTACK the Latino population while enjoying ALL the benefits they provide in society.

    September 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. rob

    Where was your tryth detector when Reid ran ads claiming Engle wanted to "End Social Security"?

    September 17, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Listen I don't care as Harry Reid is a disgrace."

    And here's the rub: WHY do you say that? What BASIS do you have? Because people like Angle told you things about Reid that you believed whole-hog without doing any factchecking of your own? As we can see, they're not being truthful with you, so please, explain why you would rather someone who has crazy and damaging policy ideas and is willing to lie to the public to get elected over someone who has been spending thepast two years fighting an uphill battle to get something done that will help...yet had to deal with obstruction and massive misinformation campaigns like this avertisement. Tell us. Is it because you were TOLD that he's at fault for the unemployment and everything else or that he did X, Y and Z or that the bills enacted over the last 21 months would have some indeterminate effect at some undefined time in the future? Did you read the legislation? Did you look up the legislative history to see what his votes were and what the proposed bills actually said and did? People like you are frightening. Jefferson envisioned a republic in which voters made INFORMED decisions about who should be their leaders...not "gut" decisions based on emotional responses overriding rational thought and instinctual tribal warfare.

    September 17, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Does Reid support anything to stop this? NO!"

    Read the article instead of just jumping to conclusions:

    "It [the Angle ad] does not mention, however, he also joined with other Democrats in proposing their own federal legislation to increase the number of border patrol guards, add resources for chasing down drug runners and human traffickers, and provide more help for courts to process all the cases."

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say I Told You So with respect to lying advertisements like Angle's working simply because angry, fearful, undereducated and misinformed people want to hear affirmations of their preconceptions about Reid and the issues.

    September 17, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Enough is Enough

    Someone has finally fixed an approximate taxpayer cost of between 12 million and 15 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S.

    A new study by the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector found a household headed by an individual without a high school education, including about two-thirds of illegal aliens, costs U.S. taxpayers more than $32,000 in federal, state and local benefits. That same family contributes an average of $9,000 a year in taxes, resulting in a net tax burden of $22,449 each year.

    Over the course of the household's lifetime that tax burden translates to $1.1 million.

    You can't be for the American people and illegals.

    September 17, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In America, the home of the brave and the free, the Tea Party and the GOP are beginning to look more and more like the Taliban/al Qaeda using hate and fear. We need protection from these people, our National security depends on it.

    September 17, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Erika

    For all of the republicans out there afraid of illegal immigration. Do not fear, if all of those nut jobs find there way into office, no one will be trying to sneak into America. We will become the illegals, as we try to flee from crazy town, and sneak into other countries.

    September 17, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Cindie Worley

    Reid is soft on illegal immigration. He wants them to come across to vote for him.

    September 17, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Death Panel Sarah

    Nevada borders California and Arizona, not Mexico.....baybe flaky Sharon doesn't know this!!!

    If Nevada picks this nut job, the state will be marginalized and get what it deserves!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Daniel Schlafer

    " The Best Friend an Alien ever had " television ad is what I have been expecting from the Angle campaign . It takes loose facts and draws its own conclsions much like conservatives do with their lower taxes remedy to everything . Lower taxes would be wonderful but so far conservatives have always wanted to pass the debt along ? They somehow criticize the Obama administration for trying to assist americans in righting Republican policy ?

    September 17, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Brian

    @ mr. america...
    Please tell us how illegals pay 9 billion in taxes ....
    last I knew the Federal Gov't does NOT give SSN's to illegals.
    Oh, that's right, I forgot...they BUY them from the local illegal print shop and who cares if the number belongs to a blue eyed blond living in MI.
    Can you spell IDENTITY THEFT?
    As far as Reid attaching the dreamless act to the Defense Appropriations about pandering!! Ms. Angle is absolutely correct when she states that Reid is the best friend illegals ever had.
    Instead of complaining about SB 1070 try reading it. It mirrors Federal what's the problem???? Oh, I know, it's going to be enforced which is a novel concept to some...that the law will actually be enforced and that is something that Nappy and Holder and Obama can't stand.

    September 17, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey ...The incompetent Barrack Hussien Obama ...

    You KNOW they are illegal......

    Did you card 'em???

    State facts, not presumptions!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Death Panel Sarah

    Hey are stupid!!!!

    Reid is senator of NEVADA, NOT ARIZONA.....

    Get a life (outside FAUX news)!!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    Angle is running in NV – not – AZ!!

    Thanks Sniffit for your post – Lately, it was difficult to tell you from the person who was impersonating you – I think this is your and you're right on POINT!!

    I am T'SAH from Virginia – the Liberal – and I approve this message!!

    September 17, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Death Panel Sarah

    ....THIS JUST IN.....

    New facts have been uncovered....
    Sharon Angle is really Sarah Palin's sister!!
    John McCain is their father through a one night stand in Nevada!!!!

    September 17, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. water bearer

    I'm pretty sure everything that comes out of this fruitcake's mouth is bull. But thanks for pointing out the specifics, AC . . . keep up the good work!

    September 17, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. What is the country coming to

    Some of you people sounds like fools.........Angel is the fool of all fools........if you want her in place of Reid something is wrong with the country. She is text book crazy and what to due away with education
    social sercurity. For you people over 62 thinking that she is for the people think again and NV if she wins please DONT CRY.....because the truth was right in front of your face.......

    September 17, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Hammerer

    What is not true in the ad?

    September 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. hangemhi

    I say give her more media time so more of her ignorance and anti-constitutional thoughts become apparent to the US voters. As did Palin.

    September 17, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Ranjit

    Remember that dems came to power in 2007 and it has been a downward trend in everything related to our country. Harry Reid as a majority leader is responsible for the failure. It is not just Nevada but his failure is written all over the country. Please someone point out something that Reid has passed and everyone loves it.

    Nothing wrong in the ad. Unemployment rate in nevada is 14.3% and this ad, clearly shows the loop holes in our immigration law. Give me a break!!

    September 17, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. tor

    Let's get real. Any legislation that has a realistic chance of combatting illegal immigration and passing will require thoughtful expertise and sensible compromise in the senate. But that's not possible because Republican policy is to oppose EVERYTHING, while sending up fake proposals that have no chance. You can't say Harry Reid hasn't tried. If Nevadans dump the senate majority leader in favor of Angle, they'll get what they deserve: A crazy senator for a crazy vote.

    September 17, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. barry

    CNN you continue to be part of the Obama liberal media. Reid is a loon that has killed jobs in Nevada as well as the rest of the country. He should move to Mexico with his chosen people and see how that works out for him. He has done enough to destroy our country.

    September 17, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |

    Wow I love the conservative "facts"

    Here are the real facts:

    Simulus works. And over 90% of it will be paid back.

    The healthcare bill is a good thing, and will not give free healthcare to illegals or anyone else.

    Reid does not support illegal aliens in a way that doesn't make sense.

    Angle's ad is a lie.


    September 17, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Take America Back: from Texas

    T only "real issue" here is the that the Liberal Left cronies of Harry Reid didn't think of this one first.....but come to think of it, Angle would not have been guilty as stated.....only Reid!

    September 17, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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