October 16th, 2009
08:06 AM ET
13 years ago

Reid goes up with first TV ads of the cycle

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/16/art.reidad.cnn.jpg caption="Reid is out with two new campaign ads."](CNN) - Harry Reid is picking up the pace as he plunges into what could a very tough re-election bid next year.

The Senate Majority Leader and senior congressional lawmaker from Nevada is going up with the first television commercials of his campaign, with more than a year to go until the 2010 election.

Reid's campaign says the two commercials will begin running on TV in Nevada Friday. One of the ads, called "Hard Work," highlights the four-term senator's deep roots in the state and touts his economic record.

"You know it's never easy, but we've got the people and the resources to come back stronger than ever," says Reid in the commercial, which is scheduled to air in the Reno, Nevada television market.

The campaign says the other ad, titled "Jobs," will run in the Las Vegas market and tells the story of Reid's efforts to help save the nation's largest construction project, City Center in Las Vegas, which would have cost the city 10,000 construction jobs and 12,000 permanent jobs if it had shut down.

Reid's campaign would not say how long either ad would remain on the air, and did not reveal how much money they are spending to air the spots.

The ads' debut comes on the same day that Reid teams up with Vice President Joe Biden, who headlines a fundraiser for the senator Friday morning in Reno, Nevada. Reid's campaign announced earlier this week that they raked in more than $2 million in campaign cash over the past three months. The campaign reports that they have nearly $9 million in the bank, and say they've brought in over $12 million overall for Reid's re-election bid, halfway to the $25 million they've pledged to raise.

Later Friday, Reid teams up with Biden at an event in Reno to tout the federal stimulus program.

The Republican National Committee said it would run a radio ad Thursday and Friday in the Reno media market that links Reid to what it calls the failed economic stimulus package.

"Since President Obama took office, 52,000 Nevadans have lost their jobs, and unemployment is supposed to average 14 percent next year. Seems like we'd be better off with less Washington in Nevada and more Nevada in Washington. We just can't afford the reckless economic policies of Harry Reid and Joe Biden," says the narrator in that radio spot.

The most recent poll of Nevada voters suggests that Reid trails both his Republican rivals in hypothetical 2010 match ups. According to a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released Sunday, Reid is down 10 points to Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and down 5 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian. The poll also indicates that half of Nevada's voters have an unfavorable view of Reid, with 38 percent viewing him favorably.

On Capitol Hill Thutsday, Reid downplayed the survey's results.

"All my polling numbers are fine," said the Senate Democratic leader. "They are not from a newspaper in Nevada that you guys tend to focus on. All my polling numbers are fine. And I'm continuing to do the best I can for the people of this country and the people of Nevada."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Tony

    You're through, Reid.

    October 16, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Obama Victim

    what kind of fool would vote for Dirty Harry???

    October 16, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. JoJo

    Harry Reid is spineless, and should never have been Senate Majority Leader. I'm a Democrat, and I hope he loses.

    October 16, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Tate

    Bye bye dingy harry. Term limits for america

    October 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Mississippi Miss

    We wish Senator Reid the very best, as he has been a hard-working senator, no doubt about it. He is serving now, at one of the most difficult times for the nation. I will be relieved though, whenever he is no longer in office. We need conservative ideas now more than ever before. We have so much work to do, and in 2010 we can feel better
    and have greater optimism than we do now.

    October 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. obummer, 1 and done

    Both reid and pelosi need to go, then you would probably see some progress towards bipartisanship. They are by far the worse when it comes to working together across the aisle.

    October 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. CNN 100% censored reader

    Harry "Tom Daschle" Reid can spend every single penny of his $7m warchest, but doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell for re-election since ACORN won't be stuffing the ballot box again.

    October 16, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Dave

    Old man ..... do everyone a favor and leave the Senate. And, take the old lady Pelosi with you. You two have been directing Obama and like a lacky he is .... is taking your instructions and showing how incompetent he truly is. Americans, both Democrat and Republicans plus Independents deserve better leadership.

    October 16, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Tim

    It's sad to see such a powerful senator get voted out of office because he chose to follow what his new boss (Obama) told him to do and say on health care reform instead of following his consience. Thanks Obama, your personal grudge against the Health Insurance Industry has cost us our majorities in the Senate and in the House.

    October 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Dar

    Save your money Reid, you are done. End of story!

    October 16, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    No public option= no Reid.This guy raised six lobbyists,"bagmen"for the "corporate welfare gang".

    October 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Rose

    Reid is living in a dream world. I have family and friends in Nevada and they tell me he is sinking faster as each day passes. He always sounds like he is in a coma. How can this man hold such a high position is beyond me. One year from now, he will be sweating it out.

    October 16, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Nevada, hows that economic stimulus package working for you ? With as much money as they wasted in that plan, Nevada alone shone have gained a million jobs.

    October 16, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Thomas

    I can only wish that Nevada would have another choice for a Democrat representative.

    Reid is bad. But not bad enough to put a Republican in his place, but bad enough to put another Democrat in his place.

    October 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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