(CNN) – A spokesman for Senate nominee Sharron Angle is downplaying the Nevada Republican's remarks to a group of Hispanic school children Monday during which she proclaimed, "Some of you look a little more Asian to me."
"Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot, and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look," Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Angle, told CNN.
The comments, video of which was posted by the Las Vegas Sun, came in response to a student's question asking the GOP Senate candidate why her television ads appear to portray all illegal immigrants as Latino.
"I think that you're misinterpreting those commercials. I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through," said Angle in response.
The Tea Party-backed candidate, who is dead even in the polls with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, continued, "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that."
Making up a quarter of Nevada's population, Hispanic voters are expected to play a crucial role in the Senate race and constitute a demographic that Reid has heavily targeted by touting his efforts at immigration reform in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Angle has hit hard at the issue of illegal immigration, running several ads that portray Reid and Senate Democrats as too weak on the issue.
Angle took down a recent ad that featured a photo of three Mexican men with the words "Illegal Aliens" scrawled below after the image's photographer came forward to say the three men were not illegal aliens but instead were photographed in Mexico.
Full statement Angle campaign spokesman Jarrod Agen:
"This is a low blow from Harry Reid. Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look. When she was in the legislature, a reporter mistakenly referred to Sharron as being of Asian decent. Again, making the point to the students that you can't judge people based on first glance.
"Harry Reid on the other hand says that Hispanics should not get to choose which party they are in. He doesn't think Hispanics should be allowed to be Republicans. Harry is desperate, he's losing, and he's trying to play racial politics.
"Sharron has said several times before that illegal immigration is not about race, it is about the rule of law in this country. It would be a misinterpretation to think that one group of people should be singled out. The issue is that we must stop illegal immigration by securing our borders, both northern and southern, and by enforcing our immigration laws. Harry Reid does not want to end illegal immigration, he is pro-amnesty, he is against the border fence, and he voted to give social security benefits to illegal immigrants
"Just about every week Harry Reid tries to pull Sharron's comments out of context and attack her, but she's steadily been gaining support and we have pulled ahead as we enter early voting. Harry's going to lose in two weeks, he knows it, and he'll do anything in the coming days to cause controversy."