June 11th, 2010
09:13 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton stumps for Reid, takes digs at Angle

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/11/art.billc.gi.jpg caption ="Bill Clinton mocked Angle for 'hiding out.'"](CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday, telling Nevada Democrats that Reid's opponent is "hiding out" because of her controversial views.

"Now you've got to play 'Where's Sharron [Angle]?' because she's hiding out, according to the local news. I might hide out, too, if I said I wanted to get rid of Social Security and Medicare," Clinton told an audience of 700 people during a 30-minute speech in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas-Review Journal.

Clinton also took aim at Angle for support of a plan that would have Yucca Mountain accept nuclear waste. Reid, as have most Nevada lawmakers, opposes opening Yucca to nuclear waste.

Since her victory in Tuesday's GOP Senate primary, Angle - a former state assemblywoman who was backed by Tea Party organizations - has largely avoided the spotlight, only granting interviews to conservative talk-radio hosts. Her campaign website has also gone dark except for a page that seeks contributions.

Commenting to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Angle campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy said they have been "overwhelmed."

"Sharron's not hiding out," he said. "We're just taking some time to get things where they need to be to run a general election campaign. We're expanding our operation exponentially, and so we're pretty busy."

In an e-mail to CNN, Stacy also said "Sharron has done several media interviews already since her win on Tuesday, and we’re still scheduling as many as possible."

Reid is viewed as among the most vulnerable Democrats running for reelection this cycle and currently has an approval rating of 35 percent in his home state, according to a recent Mason-Dixon Poll. In the same poll, conducted before Angle's primary victory, she has a 3-point edge over Reid in a head-to-head matchup.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • President Clinton
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Where's Oprah in all of this? Why isn't she organizing fundraisers, as she did for the president?

    Where are the buses that carried people to Nevada to knock on doors?

    June 11, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I can see why the repugs are not happy about angle's nomination. She is anti fluoride, anti beer and other ridiculous thiings that I can't remember right now.
    She sounds like a first class lunatic! Par for the course I guess 🙂

    June 11, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Angle is a little too far right of the John Birch Society for most Americans. But in Nevada, the voters might like to see someone fight to eliminate their social security and medicare, ban alcohol, accept nuclear waste, and pander to big business and big oil.

    June 11, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Dave

    Angle is "preparing" her campaign. Isn't that what the primary is for? Duh! Her tea party chicken comments are going to come to roost when someone other than conservative, right wing nutso media start asking the really important questions about her views. This is one nut that the Nevada squirrels need to collect in this fall.

    June 11, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. RB from Seattle

    Harry Reid is part of what is wrong with D.C. We need to get rid of these old dinosaurs and move in people who will actually work for the citizens, instead of working for the party.

    June 11, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Harry Reid, needs to be run out of Washington, on a rail. He is the most anti-citizen person, in Congress.

    June 11, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Richie

    Hmmm... by and large I'm pro-Dem all the way, but we NEED Yucca mountain....

    June 11, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. ETM

    This woman is a true nut job. She wants to phase out Social Security and Medicare, abolish the EPA and Dept. of Education, and supports massage therapy for convicts.

    Harry Reid may have been a walking dead man until Angle got the nomination, but even a dead person is smarter than Ms. Angle.

    June 11, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Chas in Iowa

    Now that the GOP has selected a wingnut to represent them in the general election I believe Harry will have a much easier time of it all.

    June 11, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. TCM

    Clinton...."Hide out if I wanted to get rid of social security and welfare...." especially because the majority of demcratic supporters are nonworking welfare leeches. Yeah, Bill, she should hide because she wants people, (your supporters) to get off their butts and make a living for themselves instead of wanting a handout..but that's how you keep the democratic voter base in line, huh? Poor and full of hope...and you recharge that hope with a sales pitch right around election time.

    June 11, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. willliam trask

    bill clinton is one the most masterful politicians of all time in the world,, for a brief while i had thought he was real,, i even donated $5000 to his foundation for Haitian relief , now i realize to my dismay, he is all about power, politics and positioning himself for himself!!!it is simply fascinating how he rolls through life being the unreal man he is,, !!i i acknowledge he has done well for himself !!!!!!!

    June 11, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. gt

    it dont matter... they hate harry reid and any one will be better than that old ,mean ,been there to long senator....

    June 11, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. gary

    It's time for someone to start mocking the absurdities of the Tea Party people. It's like Mel Brooks making fun of fascists in his movies.

    June 11, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Mark S.

    Seems the best way to handle these wacka-doodle tea-partiers is to just let them talk and express their views, as was the case with Ayn Rand Paul. Once independents and less addle-brained components of the electorate hear these nut-bags talk (i.e. "barter your healthcare by giving your doctor a chicken," etc.) there is no way they can win a real election. And thank God for that...!

    June 11, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. jenn, philadelphia

    I guess if you have nothing nice to say about the guy you're there to campaign for, insult the person he's running against.

    June 11, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Sara

    If Clinton could run for president today he would have my vote in a heartbeat.

    June 11, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. A Conservative

    My goodness....the same plays he used in the '90's. "Republicans are gonna get rid of Medicare and Social Security". If the Dems keep spending like they currently are we will need to get rid of those, and a lot more because we will be bankrupt. The US will look like Greece and Spain with riots in the streets. STOP THE SPENDING – We are out of money!

    June 11, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Billy Bob

    The U.S. debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015, according to a Treasury Department report to Congress.

    June 11, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Bubba

    I heard her on the news and she sounded crazy.

    June 11, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. TW Harris - Texas

    Well, it sure would be great if Clinton would go home and be like other past presidents, sit down and shut up. More I see of him the more I dislike him. And, his support of Reid really accents his bad judgment.

    June 11, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. zad

    Maybe she was hiding out while transgressing with a member of the Canadian Parliament...oh wait, that was you Mr. Clinton...

    June 11, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  22. maf

    I would take the lesser of two evils. As they say "better the devil you know, , ," What will be fun to watch and listen to going forward is what the "Tea Party" rhetoric will turn into!
    If it becomes off the wall crazy talk, be vewy vewy caweful!!
    (That would be Harry Reid as Elmer Fudd.)

    June 11, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. Dan

    Clinton does it since Obama cannot show his face in Nevada with his anti Las Vegas policies. President Clinton should know better!

    June 11, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Bob-Texas

    Am I the only person tired of the GOP spouting less government lower taxes and multiple lies just to get back in office. If the GOP had a platform other than no and the world is coming to an end without us in office I might listen. They are so radical that it borders on crazy politics. Birthers are now saying that Obama is the cause of the oil spill. I guess Bush is the cause of 9-11. Nothing they say makes any common sense.

    June 11, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. ellid

    Sharron Angle also thinks that we should ban alcohol. I guess that means she wants to go back to the Good Old Days of Prohibition, America banned alcohol sales. Won't it be fun to bring back bootleggers? Wood alcohol? Shoelace salesmen who went blind from drinking poisoned cocktails? ER's full of dying patients who chugged a couple of Smokes too many? Won't that be fun?

    June 11, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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