October 22nd, 2010
08:41 AM ET
8 years ago

Reid says he doesn't need to prove his manhood

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Snow

    Yep, it is hard for reid to prove something that he does not have, manhood.

    October 22, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. diridi

    vote any dem....o.k....nation is better off with them...look, economy is reeling back to better position....jobs will come back that were sent by GOP thugs....

    October 22, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Republican voting for democrats

    Democrats not happy with this administration because they didn’t do enough, republicans hate this administration with 1000 reasons

    If republicans gain power it won’t be same as 1994 to 2000 this year far right congress and senate nothing will get done thanks to Tea party

    Example each states will have different immigration law Imagine!

    Sad part Main stream media fighting their rating ignoring the real problems

    Example past 2 days FOX start the war with NPR and republicans supporting FOX

    October 22, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Marie MD

    What is it with the retug wannabe politicians with manhood or lack of it? The helf ternm with her cojones, lunatic angle with man up, rand bringing the little woman to speak for him while he hides from the truth.
    Can this crazy woman explain what exactly Reid needs "to map up" about the eocnomy, social security (which she wants to do away with or give it wall street) and I have read the part about was is lost and your general is dishonest?
    WE ARE NOT AT WAR unless you are a teabagger. What is she talking about. I am surprised she didn't bring up second amendment remedies and/or crosshairs.
    You angle need to go back to your kitchen as it seems that your husband keptyou barefoot and pregnant and now you are lashing out at men. Pathetic! She is way past embarrassing alright, but what is most embarrassing is that Nevadans voted for this twit in the first place to run for congress and make decisions for them and the rest of the Nation.

    October 22, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. MikeyD74

    pro boxer? what'd he do? box oranges in florida?

    your time is up reid... your days of mooching off of casino owners and the nevada taxpayers are over

    October 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Mike

    Andle is nuts! but then so are most associated with the Tea Party. Are they replacing the Republican Party?

    October 22, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Bobbie

    If the people in Nevada reelect this crook, then they deserve what they get!!

    October 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. William Jefferson

    angle has proven that she has nothing like the gravitas to be a senator by dragging an important election into the 3rd grade playground. She is a total lowlife and should be serving coffee at a truck stop diner, not running for senate.

    October 22, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. rdepontb

    She is NOT Senate material, by any stretch of the imagination. The Republicans would eat her up, along with her crazy ideas, and use her vote the way they plan on using all the Tea Party votes. Doesn't she understand how she's being used? Ditz. You want to hide at home? Stay at home.

    October 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. jeff, alabama

    Usually when someone decries
    that they don't have to prove
    their manhood....THEY DO !

    October 22, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Terry Kisiel

    Angle and Palin both keep telling people to "man up". Imagine the uproar the uproar if someone told them to "act like a woman". Another example of these tea partiers double standards.

    October 22, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Frank S

    Engle needs to "intelligent up" the shock value that she must have read somewhere or was given by handlers has worn thin. Like the other radical losers from the tea party, she is wrongfully benefitting from voter unhappiness that is actually a result of the mortgage/wall street meltdown that blew up under Bush. The crisis could not have been fixed in the last two years even if McCain had won. I will suggest that a vote for Republicans at this point seems to be a vote for more gridlock.

    October 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Maybe Harry got knocked out a few too many times during his boxing career and that's why he has the views he has of a Socialist America.

    October 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. democrat

    It seems as though he brought up his boxing days to do
    precisely that. He has to prove his manhood by bringing
    up a situation of physical competition to assure himself he is a man.
    Sarah Palin played basketball in highschool but she is definitely not
    a man. However, she is much more of a man than Reid in the gutsy sense.

    October 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Camaeri

    It's troubling that these extreme candidates–Angle, O'Donnell, Palin (who is no longer a candidate; just a money-maker)–do not do many public interviews, and if they do, they only take pre-screened questions, meant to elaborate their platforms and not challenge their convictions. As potential representatives of the people, these candidates are our voice, but they sure are afraid to use it, except under the most favorable conditions.

    October 22, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Gale

    How come all Democrats accuse any candidate running against them as, insane, crazy, extreme, dangerous and absolutely incapable of holding an office, and yet they can't explain broken campaign promises or answer any accusations made against them. I guess they are "above" the truth!

    October 22, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. kyle from ohio

    And if he had responded on a equal term like the words coming out of your mouth are not lady like. what a up roar that would cause. Have she learned to stand up and pee or what ? Man up indeed where is the fair and equal balance now

    October 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. NV

    The one main reason to vote for Harry Reid is Sharon Angle and her hypocritical rhetoric.

    Angle has only cowarded away from answering reasonable questions for voters about her extreme positions of forcing women to bear rapists & incest to term, doing away with financial oversight, 2nd Amendment "remedies," privatizing SS & Medicare, etc. It's nonsense and simply does not belong in public office.

    October 22, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Russell

    Another Republican/Tea Party bout of idiotic name calling. For a long time the Republican party, lead by Rush Limbaugh, has taken a first grade approach to debate: He who is the best name caller wins. It shows their lack of intelligence and willingness to truly debate the difficult situations that face this nation every day. So the insult du jour is to call into question someone's manhood. How stupid. That is defined in many ways, but one way it should be defined is having the courage to listen to, empathize with, and understand the needs of everyone they serve. That takes deliberate, reasoned debate, which is something modern Rebublicans are not good at.

    October 22, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Carl in MI

    Sharron Angle is an idiot and a horrible person. The only people that she represents is the Radical Right, the racists, the bigots and they wealthy! Oh... and the Republicans too!! Because she's NOT a Tea Partier... she's a Republican. She's running on the Republican ticket, she's accepted Republican funds, she's used the Republican Organization, and she's using their base for her support. She's done more flip-flops than fish out of water! She is everything that is BAD about America... and what does that say about you if you support her and want to vote for her? Wake up, America!!!!!

    October 22, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. John

    This what the Republicans and Tea Party does, call names, then run and hide. Offer some solutions to problems, then maybe people will respond to you. Little snide remarks started with the Queen of the Grizzles, and all of her cubs, have learned from their Mother. Don't offer anything that can be questioned, just try to degrade people by insinuation.

    October 22, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. In the West

    There's no doubt that Angle is a radical and a nutcase, and if elected she absolutely WILL be an embarrassment to the people of Nevada and indeed, our nation, BUT Reid does need to take some responsibility for the way he's perceived at home.

    October 22, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    No, Harry, you don't need to prove yourself at all. In fact, I very much appreciate that you have protected MY social security so much so that you and other Democrats stopped Bush and his administration from privatizing it. This was, as Bush now is saying, something he regrets not accomplishing. Apparently, Bush has forgotten the economic meltdown of 2007. The Republicans are now throwing $200M dollars of secret donors campaign ads at America. How many are Wall Street fat cats and CEOs who still want our Social Security privatized? With that in mind, I wonder how much of this secret funding Angle and others have received and what the conditions for pay back are? I know I am not willing to take a change with my vote. It'll be Democrat all the way.

    October 22, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Todd M

    Well, I gotta say. Even if Reid is a goofball, he has a point about Angle. If you're running for office, I don't like the factthat you run from media, especially the local media and only invite friendly reporters. If you can't handle the local media, what are you gonna do when you get to Washington and have to answer the national media's questions? If Angle wants to be elected doesn't she have a duty to answer the public's questions?

    October 22, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Kevin

    Reid will win this election. I just can't see the people of Nevada voting for a nut case like Angle. I just need to ask some questions of the tea party, why does the president's ethnicity bother you so much? If you are all about fiscal responsibility, small government, where were you during the bush years? Also your candidates also use the phrase "we're taking our country back", what does that mean?

    October 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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