January 27th, 2009
11:30 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP targets Reid in new ad buy

National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .

National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid .

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Republicans are using their first television ad buy of the 2010 election cycle to criticize Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, in his own backyard, a Republican source tells CNN.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will begin running an ad Wednesday in the Reno television market and purchase ads on Nevada Web sites criticizing Reid for voting for last year’s $700 billion bailout and now supporting President Obama’s stimulus plan. The NRSC will also highlight Reid’s donations to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – the campaign arm of Senate Democrats that attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, in a similar TV ad during his successful re-election campaign in 2008. Reid is running for another term in 2010.

(Update: the Reid team responds after the jump)

“Super spending partisan Harry Reid,” an announcer says in the ad. “As Democrat leader, he helped pay for vicious attack ads criticizing last year’s bailouts. But guess who voted for the $700 billion bailout. You guessed it, Harry Reid. And now he wants a trillion more dollars in new spending? A trillion dollars? Tell Harry Reid to stop wasting our hard-earned money.”

Reid predicted in a fundraising e-mail sent last month that he would be the Republican Party’s “number one target,” much like former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, was in 2004.

Republicans defeated Daschle that year due in part to a strong candidate in former Rep. John Thune, R-South Dakota; President Bush’s landslide victory in South Dakota; and the constant pounding by the Republican Party.

But unlike that race, a top flight Republican has yet to emerge to challenge Reid. Despite not having an opponent, the Senate majority leader convened his top advisors last month in Las Vegas to discuss the campaign, a source close to Reid said.

Jon Summers, Reid's spokesman, responded to the NRSC ad buy this morning with this four paragraph statement:

"The country is in the worst economic condition since the Great Depression and Sen. Reid is working with Republicans to rebuild Nevada and the nation.

However, it appears some would rather shout insults and throw stones. Voters sent a very clear message in November: they are tired of bickering and they want change that will make a difference to their lives. Unfortunately, Republicans are choosing to ignore that message.

Nevadans know that Sen. Reid works hard for them and delivers results. He has prevented Nevada from becoming the nation's nuclear dumping ground; is protecting our outdoors so families have a place to hunt, fish, and recreate; and he is leading the charge to create jobs by making Nevada the leader in a clean energy revolution.

Further, starting their campaign efforts so early is a clear signal that they know Harry Reid would be difficult to beat."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. john w

    Oh No...what will happen to his four lobbyist sons and his lobbyist son in law?

    January 27, 2009 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Joe the Troll

    I don't know who to hate more....Reid or the Republicans that are talking out both sides of their mouths about Reid.

    January 27, 2009 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Jim in Bisbee

    I'm happy to see that the GOP hasn't stopped digging their own grave.

    January 27, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  4. G. Rodriguez

    Who cares? Protest all you want, take out ads, etc. The truth is it doesn't make a difference. You have been politically neutered.

    January 28, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. joe six pack

    The only prblem for GOP is that they supposedly do not believe in bailouts but the republican administration crafted defended and signed it with cooperation of the supposed antibailout republicans. Bottom line republicans have no convictions just opportunistics politicians

    January 28, 2009 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  6. Garry

    JUDICIARY is not always perfect. Chief Justice flunks at the time of Presidential oath. However, we need to Amend US Constitution, because Criticizing Judiciary is Contempt of Court, which gives Judiciary Immunity and Protection from any Good Faith and Fair Criticism, which is Absolute Anarchy. Let Judiciary by open to Criticism and Let Judges be open to Transparency. IN SUM – JUDICIARY IS MORE CORRUPT THAN EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATURE.

    January 28, 2009 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  7. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    God forbid that the GOP worry more about saving this great nation of ours than about winning elections!

    January 28, 2009 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  8. No Incumbents 2010

    Shouldn't take much to beat Mr. Reid. I can't understand why his own party even likes him. He's a weasel.

    January 28, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. No Incumbents 2010

    @(Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN:
    Winning elections IS about saving this Great Nation of ours!

    January 28, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. rayster

    you GOP Reid bashers arew just full of sh_ _t
    Just do what you are sent to the big house to do and thats taking care of the interests of the poepl, not yourselves

    January 28, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. Proud American

    I think it's safe to say Republicans will never learn. Americans sent a clear message this past November and in 2006 and they still don't get it. To top it off the best they can come up with is Sarah Palin, what a joke. I just love republicans they are going to do everthing possible to keep the democrats in power for years to come. Great Job

    January 28, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. Proud American

    proud american January 27th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

    Lynne Cheney also had a PhD in literature. Nobody called her Dr. though. no big deal
    Stop Using my handle, there is only one Proud American and I'm it. Lyn Cheney is nothing more than a Idiot, Married to a Idiot Who worked for a complete Idiot. Don't disgrace my handle again Idiot.

    January 28, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  13. Walter, Long Beach

    The Republican's problem in Nevada, and elsewhere, is that you can't beat somebody with nobody. And "nobody" is exactly who the Republicans have.

    Here's a suggestion. Head out to the Mustang Ranch for a quick recruiting trip. Selling yourself to the highest bidder is the core Republican principle, after all.

    January 28, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  14. recnepS

    These GP guys are more worried about getting re-elected besides for worryin what's going on with the ecoomy. I respect the fact President Obama reached out to the Greed Over People Party, but yet, the GOP had nothing to contribute except bickering.

    January 28, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  15. recnepS

    These GP guys are more worried about getting re-elected besides for worryin what's going on with the ecoomy. I respect the fact President Obama reached out to the Greed Over People Party, but yet, the GOP had nothing to contribute except bickering.

    January 28, 2009 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  16. sandee in Portland

    Wouldn't vote for a republican any time, any way, but Reid needs to go. He's been a politician for way too long. Put term limits on these guys then they won't be in office long enough for it to be all about their own best interests and not the american people's interests. It's time to get rid of all the old men and women in Washington politics. They have no idea what today's world is all about; they're all still living in the past.

    January 28, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  17. Flex

    The Republican answer is to do nothing. Let the economy collapse, and the market will take care of itself. We voted for change, not the same disaster financial philosophies!

    January 28, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. GA for Obama

    roger- Muslims are not the enemy..terrorists are. There's a difference. Remember the Crusades? Is that true Christianity?

    January 28, 2009 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  19. better get cracking

    if the repubs hope to stop this river of seats they are losing

    Reid must be easy meat

    I can only hope that this trend continues, because the repubs sucked the last 8 years

    January 28, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  20. J.P.

    Will someone please spank this weasel Reid?

    Joe Six Pack said republicans have no convictions. I agree. However, CONSERVATIVES DO HAVE CONVICTIONS, and we were solidly against AAAAAANY bailouts for failures, Wall Street, Main Street or otherwise.

    Hells bells, if individuals or corporations are so undisciplined that they find themselves actually in need of a bailout, do you really think they'll somehow magically become judicious with bailout funds? This is simply rewarding failure.

    January 28, 2009 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  21. Thomas

    I'm voting Reid / Palin 2010 ,
    why not go bipolar, NOT!

    How do such lame people become so powerful in our government ?


    January 28, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  22. Moe, NY

    I wish these hateful Republicans would stop the fighting and get to work. America is hurting... either get to work and help fix the economy or step down and allow people into politics who actually want to help our country. I noticed no mention is made of the suicides due to financial ruin in this country.....another family in Calif. today, but all the Republicans can do is act as obstructionists. I am sure this will not be posted, too much like reality I guess!

    January 28, 2009 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  23. Ken

    It's easy to criticize, but Reid and Obama actually have to be constructive and lead. The bailout and the stimulus are by no means perfect (I was very much opposed to the bailout), but unless the Republicans actually have something better to offer, something different than what they've been doing the last six years, then they need to rethink their strategy. Everyone agrees there is a crisis, and a need to get us out of it... if the Republicans want to be seriously in 2010, they only need to answer one question: How?

    January 28, 2009 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  24. Proud American

    I'm not a big fan of Mr. Reid but the Republicans are really getting desperate and pathetic. But then again what else can you expect when Limbaugh is spearheading your party.

    January 28, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  25. Susan, Albany, NY

    I am a democrat but I do believe that Reid is the biggest damaging factor to Dems. He is very arrogant.
    Look how he handled Burris appointment.

    He should stick to his word. If you say u can't allow Burris, then don't. or else don't say anything.


    January 28, 2009 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
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