October 12th, 2010
10:28 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton to team up with Reid in Las Vegas

(CNN) - Some big names are headed to Nevada to help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he fights for his political life.

Former President Bill Clinton teams up with the top Senate Democrat Tuesday night. The former president joins Reid at what's being called a "pre-early vote" campaign rally at a high school in Las Vegas. Early voting for the midterm elections begins in Nevada on Saturday.

The four-term senator is being challenged by former Nevada state lawmaker and Republican nominee Sharron Angle, who enjoys the backing of many in the Tea Party movement.

The most recent surveys of likely Nevada voters suggest the race is deadlocked.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released last Wednesday, 42 percent of likely voters in Nevada are backing Angle, with four in ten supporting Reid. Seven percent of people questioned are supporting Scott Ashjian, who is running as a Tea Party candidate, but who is shunned by many in the grassroots conservative moment, and 10 percent say they are voting for none of the candidates listed. Angle's two point advantage is well within the poll's sampling error.

And next week President Barack Obama heads to Nevada to team up with Reid.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Regardless of what the voters of Nevada think of Reid, to vote Angle into office would be an insult to the American people and our political system.
    This woman is a loose cannon with absolutely no idea of what it takes or how to run a goverment.
    The fact that she is constantly making outlandish, irresponsible statements, than denies them, blames everyone
    else for "manipulating" what she actually said, refuses to have debates, refuses to appear on any media but Fox news, who will support any republican regardless of qualifications, proves her lack of capabilities.

    October 12, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Good. Nevada has been assaulted by attack ads against Harry Reid. There have been several attack ads that have been utterly ..... evil, pure .....LIES. Whose whole purpose has been to scare Seniors and to slander Mr. Reid.

    I am hoping and praying that America will not be fooled once again by the Republican-Koch-TeaPartiers!

    Don't forget, America, that a ....mere...... 22 months ago..... we were facing a possible 2nd Great Depression brought to us by the FAILED policies of 12 years of GOP Congress and 8 years of the Bush presidency!

    October 12, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Luvie

    I don't think that the Democrats are going to win in this coming even with the help of former President Bill Cllinton.It's Obama's fault if these democratic candidates will not win. Broken promises.broken government will not convince the voters to vote for the democrats this time.That's what you get for voting for Obama. Come on, use your brain. You should have voted for an experienced candidate in 2008, and that was Senator Hillary Clinton.What a waste for not voting for het.
    Good luck democrats!

    October 12, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bubba, please tell the Nevadan people how much of a psycho Sharon Angle is. If they'll listen to anyone, they'll listen to you!

    October 12, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    It's all over NOW – Angle will hit the DUST!!! This is all we needed and we will CONTINUE to SPREAD the LOVE across America that we still believe in our President and "America WILL MOVE forward"!!! Yes We Can!!

    All summer long it was RepubliCAN'Ts and the FEELING that they were WINNING!!! Oh, they are SO ENERGIZED and the FEAR and HATE took its TOLL and FRIGHTEN most American People – "Oh, what are we to do? The end of the WORLD is here!! We need to TAKE BACK AMERICA!!!!" Not to WORRY – it’s NOT as bad as the RepubliCAN’Ts led you to believe!!!

    Yes DEMOCRATS – we have ENJOYED the SUMMER – we are NOW WELL RESTED – FIRED UP and READY to GO!!! STATE the CASE to everyone and let them know what our mission is!!! UNITE the BASE so we can GET ENERGIZED too!! Do all of this and we will WIN the RACE in 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 12, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. PalmReader

    Worth repeating a statement made months ago. There aren't enough TeaParty voters to vote anyone in. 30% is 30%. Nothing more, nothing less. We'll see in November what, if anything, the GOPers accomplished by dressing up Libertarian minded voters, sending them out as TeaPartiers. Polls always lean 4-5% Republican until the month before elections, when they begin to start leaning Democratic. Adding the TeaParty has done nothing to bring new members into the fold. They usually do vote Republican anyway. Quite the opposite might be said. Adding the TeaParty has pushed out many moderates . . . Republican, Independent, and Democratic voters who might otherwise have voted Republican this election cycle.

    October 12, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. gt

    clinton cant stand not being the center of attention... what a ham...it is and always has been ...about bill,,,,,

    October 12, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    How shameful to live in a time when the sitting President of the United States of America is not the best choice to help in the campaign of a member of his political party!

    October 12, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. willard bullock

    Im belived that reid are make trouble too much so I think best of reid are need get out of his senate

    October 12, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Jayden,FL

    Hillary and Bill Clinton needs to be in the White House!

    October 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. AmericanDoc

    This is a perfect example of the Clinton's need for attention and some retention of power. They will sell out to anyone that gives them a stage, or in Hillary's case, a high profile job. New York morons gave her a senate position because they couldn't find anyone in thier own state qualified enough to represent themselves? Seriously? Then she bailed to join the man she trashed in order to maintain political relevance. And this windbag Bill obvioiusly cares nothing about the USA if he is willing to stump for Reid. Even the blind and deaf know how bad things have become under Democrat control. You have to be stupid or corrupt to support Obama, Pelosi, Ried, or the democrats in general at this point. Even children know something isn't right. Bills face is a reminder of what a hollow elitist liar looks like. Obviously the hero and paver of the way for the next generation of elitist thieving liars. Just goes to show that even Ivy League schools can produce trash when intelligence is not tempered with humility and integrity.

    October 12, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. stufthis

    Republicans still cling to their 1929 mentality for the economy. When on the brink of a great depression, cut government spending, which goes against what economists propose. You would think that the right wingnuts would learn from their mistakes, but they continue the same old stupidity. By the way, the CBO scored health reform as a program that would reduce the deficit, while helping 30 million uninsured.

    October 12, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. stufthis

    Rove is a criminal, and I think anyone who disputes it is a hypocrite.

    October 12, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. barry

    I don't even think Bill's star power can help Reid. The people of Nevada see him for what he is.

    October 12, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. stufthis

    Harry is a better choice than 'Sharia' Angle. The only workers republicans look out for are in foreign countries. Look at what the GOP has done to increase the minimum wage and create jobs in China. Republicans really do not care about the middle class, police, firemen, teachers, uninsured, elderly, and those who earn a minimum wage.

    October 12, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Bruce

    what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas, including Reid and Clinton. Let them stay there indefinitely. Maybe they could do a comedy show there since they are nothing but jokes anyway.

    October 12, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. CG

    I certainly hope the people of the great state of Nevada realize what is at stake if they elect Angle. with the radical reach of the tea party, fear and and the paranoia that they project. is not the republican party of Reagan. The ignorance she portrayed this week with her comments about sharia law and Deerborn MI , shows she does not need to replace Reid.. He might not be liked by all but he is a smart man and would never make the stupid comments that come out of Angle's mouth. Angle is a loose cannon!

    October 12, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. kingwue

    The dumb and dumber tour

    October 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |