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. George

    Is there no low that this year's election will not sink to? This clown in Nevada is looking pretty desperate. Then again, it's Nevada, where humans were never meant to live anyway.

    October 7, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Sharron Angle is reported to have said; "You want the truth??? I CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!"

    October 7, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. mikey mike

    Angle, who considers the idea of shooting elected officials 'exercising 2nd amendment rights'.

    October 7, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Kevin, Atlanta, GA

    completely classless – it is really disheartening. how does she ever expect to be an effective senator after running a campaign like this. An effective senator, regardless of political affiliation, needs to at least command the respect of his or her colleagues. And this? Angle? impossible to respect...

    October 7, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. doris

    This is dispicable. Do any sane people believe this woman? The dirt she has piled on Reid is not deserved. He is a leader who corraled the senate and passed some major legislation. I am proud of him. He doesn't showboat with loud talk and threats. He deserves way better than this. Just when you thought Angle couldn't be any more crass. Dems, fight back and get out there and vote on November 2. It's the only weapon we have–our votes.

    October 7, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Sebastian

    I heard that the Senate did later pass legislation that banned physicians from prescribing Viagra to Republicans; it seems that when Republicans take Viagra, it makes them significantly taller.

    October 7, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. OrangeCat

    Do you know who also didn't vote against Viagra to inmates? SHARON ANGLE. It's true, there's not ONE record of her voting against it.

    Therefore I conclude she supports giving Viagra to prison inmates.

    October 7, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Northeast

    Wait a minute.....you mean to tell me there are enough empty skulls in Nevada that would believe this crock of sh*t to waste that kind of money on a TV ad?

    Intelligence has packed its bags and left Nevada.

    October 7, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. peter s

    The obtuse Angle needs more viagra than anyone else! is there any viagra for brain damage?

    October 7, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. works for me

    Geeee the continuation of lying in the Republican Party... say it isn't so. That's all they have left, since they have no ideas.

    October 7, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    This was a ploy by Coburn. Angle is really grasping at straws. She says one thing and when she is asked about it she either says it wasn't what she meant or she didn't say it at all.

    Reid may not be that great but Angle? Seriously.

    October 7, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. LouAz

    What is the picture of O'Donnel about ? Did CNN get their wires crossed or does Obtuse Angle think Delaware can vote in Nevada ? It is clear that Scary Sharon knowns nothing of parlimentary procedure and even less about Senate Rules. This gal couldn't steer a wheelbarrow much less anything in the Senate. You Betcha !

    October 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Sam Sixpack

    How did the definition of "lie" get to mean something you don't want to hear told by somebody you don't like?

    October 7, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. Acaraho

    For you uninformed and parliamentary newbees, you have to understand that the Viagra amendment was a Republican stunt to paint the Democrats into a corner on the health care bill. If you people can't distinguish between honest legislation and political blackmail then you shouldn't even be voting.

    October 7, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Acaraho

    For you uninformed and parliamentary newbees, you have to understand that the Viagra amendment was a Republican stunt to paint the Senate Democrats into a corner on the health care bill. If you people can't distinguish between honest legislation and political blackmail then you shouldn't even be voting.

    October 7, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Seattle Sue

    It's a real stretch to say Harry Reed voted to give Viagra to sex criminals, but truth does not matter to most Republicans. Who is more crazy Sharon Angle or Christine O'Donnell? I would say it's just about a toss up.

    October 7, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. they call me "tater salad"

    Gotta love the righty's sensationalism.......They try to make it seem like Harry Reid is practically standing in the prison parking lot handing this stuff out to newly paroled rapists and pedophiles.......It's amazing what simpletons will actually believe!

    October 7, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. marc in california

    you gotta love this woman, never a dull moment

    October 7, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Rob A

    WHAT DESPERATION! The Republicans will do anything to get more power. Good luck with that.

    October 7, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. Shannon

    Augsbee, do you have a brain, the ad is a lie, people here got that, don't you feel foolish!

    October 7, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. mlr

    I don't think viagra should be paid for – for anyone... which this health bill does... insurance doesn't pay for birth control bills – women have to pay for those out of their pocket. So the men should go pay for their whoopee pills too.

    October 7, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Jon

    Welp. Politics never changes, does it.

    October 7, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  23. rude

    Child molesters and rapists? Why doesn't Angle just accuse him of those very crimes? How low, how disgustinly low will you go with your wild LIES!!!

    The amendment was meant to distort and they are still using it for that very reason.
    How sad this mudslinging with made up accusations is allowed.
    Is there anything they won't do to take that Senate seat? LIE, CHEAT, MURDER?

    October 7, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FACT CHECK found that Angle told a lie, it's not true. What else will this woman lie about, can't be trusted.

    October 7, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    What's equally appalling besides the distortion Angle employs in this ad is ... the dimwits who appear in it! How can anyone be that dumb to want to vote for Angle?!?

    C'mon, folks! The Republicans and teabaggers are hoping that we're weak, immature fraidy-cats who can't handle the hard work it's going to continue to take to dig us out of the ditch Bush & Company put us in!

    Where's your pride? Where's your ability to stand up to the Republican bullies? Where's your ability to think, for Pete's sake!

    All I can say is, if you vote Republican, you're a loser – because all the Republican Party has to offer our country are tried-and-failed policies, fear, hatred, division and lies.

    We're better than that, folks. We're better than the Republican Party.

    October 7, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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