(CNN) – In a Senate race that has devolved into a bravado competition of sorts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn't have to prove his manhood.
"People in Nevada know me. From the street to the ring to the Senate chambers, I've never had to prove my manhood to anyone," Reid, a one-time boxer, told MSNBC on Thursday.
The comments come in response to repeated jabs from Republican opponent Sharron Angle, who often says Reid needs to "man up" when it comes to dealing with issues like the economy and Social Security.
Angle first debuted her "man up" line of attack at a Nevada debate last week and has since repeated the mantra against the soft-spoken 70-year-old senator ever since.
At a campaign stop in Las Vegas on Thursday, Angle said, "He needs to take some responsibility. He says it is not his fault on the economy. Man up, Harry Reid. He says there is no problem with Social Security. Man up, Harry Reid. He says this war is lost and your general is dishonest. You owe us an apology. Man up, Harry Reid."
But in his interview with MSNBC, Reid suggested it is in fact Angle who has shown a lack of machismo in her dealings with the media.
"For this woman… she doesn't do interviews," said Reid. "She spends most of the time in her bunker. I don't know if it’s [Dick] Cheney's bunker. But it's some kind of bunker someplace. "
"She is extreme, she is dangerous, and embarrassing to the state of Nevada," the Senate's senior Democrat added.
Recent polls show Reid and Angle are locked in a dead heat.