October 7th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Latest Angle ad slams Reid for Viagra vote

(CNN) - What's hotter than hot? Whatever it is, that's how Nevada's ad wars can be described.

Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle's latest television spot doesn't hold back, accusing her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, of voting "to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders."

"What else could you ever need to know about Harry Reid?" the woman narrating the ad asks.


The vote referred to in the ad was one on an amendment proposed by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn in an effort to derail Democratic health care legislation from passing last March. Coburn's amendment, which was for "prohibiting coverage of Viagra for child molesters and rapists," was one of dozens proposed by Republicans with the knowledge that if any of them were agreed to, the overriding health care reform bill would be thrown into parliamentary limbo.

Reid did indeed vote against Coburn's amendment, as did his Democratic colleagues. The health care reform bill passed and was signed into law by President Obama.

A Reid campaign spokesperson responded on Thursday.

"Sharron Angle continues her 'pathological' pattern of lying to the voters of Nevada in pursuit of her extreme and dangerous political agenda," the spokesperson said in a statement. "This ad is entirely bereft of facts, as documented by numerous independent fact-checkers and media outlets. This pathetic attempt by Angle and her handlers to distract from the growing national scandals surrounding her botched influence-peddling scheme and the extreme religious bigotry of her personal spiritual advisor is based purely on falsehoods and thoroughly-debunked claims, and is just more proof Angle will do or say anything she thinks will help get her elected."

The two candidates are locked in a statistical dead heat, according to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday. One in 10 Nevadans say they don't like either candidate.


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. jnapoli@hansonbridgett.com

    Well ... what do you expect from Sharron 'Juice' Angle ... an intelligent policy statemnt ... not in our life time ... she does what she knows ... lies, lies and more lies ... pathetic ... your 2010 Tea Party candidate

    October 7, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Marko

    It will be so sad for our country when these extreme right, American Taliban folks get into Congress. Think about it, are they really much different than the Taliban in their motives? My ways, my beliefs, but instead of losing your head, you lose your citizenship by being declared unamerican.

    October 7, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. GaryB

    Wow, Rove would be proud of Sharron Angle. Pull a vote out of context and ride it to the hilt. It's amazing what you can accomplish if you have no ethics and no shame. Which I guess proves that All of which ought to prove to the Tea Party that Sharron Angle is just another lying politician.

    October 7, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Steve

    It's stunning that at least two comments hear didn't seem to read the article. Reid voted AGAINST this portion of the bill. Read again please. Wow. Proof that these ads work, even in an article discussing how it is false, it is believed. Scary.

    October 7, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. stufthis

    Is anyone really surprised by the republican endorsed crap this idiot releases. The republicans did everything to derail any assistance in health reform for 50 million Americans. Coburn and the republican criminals in the senate did their best to make Americans suffer. If Angle is elected, it will be a sad day for democracy and Nevadans.

    October 7, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    With all the major problems facing the country today, Sharon Angle wants to talk about a nonsensical amendment involving viagra. She and reality have nothing in common.

    October 7, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. stufthis

    I cannot believe that right wingnuts support the billionaires that are leading the republicans. Right wingnuts do not appear to be wealthy, yet they follow foreign billionaire Rupert Murdoch and the fools at Fox, the billionaire Koch brothers who are hell bent on making sure we are coal dependent forever, and the three billionaires who make up 90% of the domestic donations to the GOP. I hate to be cruel, but you wingnuts do not appear to be very bright, so why support the wealthiest 2%?

    October 7, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  8. Janey

    Yet it's OK for Republican Bob Dole to advertise Viagra on TV??? Duh...

    October 7, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. rdepontb

    This Sharron Angle is so desperate that she stoops to this kind of BS? This from someone who wants to rile up the folks to take up arms against our government, i.e., "seek Second Amendment Solutions" to problems??

    Nevada, wake up before it's too late. If anyone, ANYONE, in this nation is seeking an American version of the most vile elements of Sharia Law, it is Ms Angle and her vicious personality and hypocrisy. Who is even backing this woman? What adult is advising her?? Disgusting.

    October 7, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Steve T

    O'Donnell is comedic relief, this crazed lunatic is dangerous.

    October 7, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Here's the take-away from this ad, folks.

    It sumarizes what the Republicans have been doing since President Obama was sworn into office: Anything and everything they can to make him and our country fail, in their desperate efforts to regain power – regardless of the harm it does to the American people:

    "Coburn's amendment, which was for "prohibiting coverage of Viagra for child molesters and rapists," was one of dozens proposed by Republicans with the knowledge that if any of them were agreed to, the overriding health care reform bill would be thrown into parliamentary limbo."

    October 7, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Deuce

    Yeah, and no birth control in schools neither! Take that, Democrats!

    October 7, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Hey, "Taxpayer" quit being a tool and actually READ what really happened in this case:

    Coburn's amendment, which was for "prohibiting coverage of Viagra for child molesters and rapists," was one of dozens proposed by Republicans with the knowledge that if any of them were agreed to, the overriding health care reform bill would be thrown into parliamentary limbo.

    When will the dupes who vote for the Republicans WAKE UP TO THE FACT YOU ARE BEING USED!!!

    October 7, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Angle, Palin, O'Donnell ... this is what the Republicans have to offer up as their "best female candidates."

    Insulting to everyone's intelligence, including the above-mentioned bimbos. Don't they realize that if – god forbid – they were elected to anything, they'd be told what to do by all the big boys like Limbaugh who really control their party?

    Wasn't 8 years of Bush-the-puppet/Cheney-the-puppeteer enough to convince you that all you religious types are being USED by the GOP?

    October 7, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. carlos

    this woman just like the whole talipublicans, CONServatives, inmoral religious zealots are the inbred litter of America.........any vote for those evils will mean that you start PRAYING and COUNT your days because your tomorrow will not be guaranteed

    October 7, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. Independent going for Democrats

    Crazy, why would anyone want that to represent your state? Good luck Nevada.

    October 7, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Julie C

    Oh my, poor Sharron! This this smells so much like ugly desperation. Thanks for reminding us, however, of the reason that Viagra clause was included in that bill in the first place, so the GOP could slime it. Yes, yawn.

    October 7, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. markiejoe

    Angle and O'Donnell should get together. It's a marriage made in heaven.

    October 7, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Fighting Democrat!

    Broom Hilda (Sharron "juice" Angle) is scaring the voters again. First...it was the brown people comming for your jobs and student loans and now this. What a poor excuse for a senator, Nevada you can do better

    October 7, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Rich in WY

    Oh man, they are really spending those corporate dollars, aren't they? At least the media and ad agencies (and actors) have jobs; the GOP is seeing to that! More phoney crap from the GOP. I even live in a red state and am sick of them; registered as a Dem this year. The GOP has been hijacked by these wack jobs; they don't give a dang about us in the middle class.

    October 7, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Brian

    I like that Sharron Angle doesn't even appear in her own commercials. Coward.

    October 7, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. George of the jungle

    Typical repo nonsense. If people where smart enough to read the bill they wouls see this. Hugo you are fixated on graveyards. More repo proaganda. Vote the lying repos out in November

    October 7, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    We don't need more jails, we need more loonie bins. We can put everybody who voted in these states in to the nut house. Even the squirrels are complaining about these nut cases.

    October 7, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. David

    gauging from the responses on this article, two problems exist. 1. People do not know how to read closely. 2. CNN needs to make articles more clear because people cannot read closely.

    Let me translate this passage for you:
    "prohibiting coverage of Viagra for child molesters and rapists," was one of dozens proposed by Republicans with the knowledge that if any of them were agreed to, the overriding health care reform bill would be thrown into parliamentary limbo.

    The bill may have had a stated purpose to prohibit subsidized viagra, but the main purpose of the bill was to force the health care bill back to committee.

    why would someone do this? Republicans know (and Dems when they are in the minority) that people do not understand parliamentary procedure. So they write bills with titles that are inflammatory and would make you look foolish for voting against them. However, one of the provisions of the amendment would send the bill back to committee, stalling its passage or making it impossible to bring back to the senate floor for debate.

    October 7, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. klarg

    Help me out please! Which one is Angle, and which one is O'Donnell?

    October 7, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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