June 12th, 2010
12:23 PM ET
12 years ago

In new ad, Reid takes on challenger over Social Security

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/12/art.reidcu0612.gi.jpg caption=" It didn't take Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid long to zero in on his Republican challenger's stance on Social Security."]
(CNN) - It didn't take Harry Reid long to zero in on his Republican challenger's stance on Social Security.

One day after the Senate Majority Leader came out with two campaign commercials touting his ability to create jobs in his home state, the Nevada Democrat has released another ad that paints Sharron Angle as out of the mainstream.

"Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security, says the announcer in the commercial. "She'd cut benefits for everyone coming into the system."

Later: Angle camp calls Reid ad 'a deception'

Angle, once a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in last Tuesday's primary, thanks in part to help from the Tea Party Express (a national Tea Party organization) and the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group.

On Social Security, the former state lawmaker says "free market alternatives, which offer retirement choices to employees and employers, must be developed and offered to those still in their wage earning years, as the Social Security system is transitioned out," according to her campaign website. As for those currently in the system, Angle adds that "the government must continue to keep its contract with seniors, who entered into the system on good faith and now are depending on that contract."

Angle also calls for the elimination of the federal Department of Education.

The 30-second ad also reminds Nevada voters that Angle once discussed a drug rehabilitation program for prisoners that was devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

"That's Sharron Angle. First a Scientology plan to give massages to prisoners," adds the commercial's narrator.

Angle's campaign has not yet responded to a CNN request for a comment on the Reid commercial.

Polls suggest that Reid faces a tough road to re-election this year as he bids for fifth term in office.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Anne

    Free market alternatives? Like AIG, Lehman Bros, Madoff, etc. Social Security is just that–security. People don't need free market gambling investments. No way!

    June 12, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Reid can start with social security, then go on to education, beer, fluoride. The silly angle list goes on and on just like her.
    I wish more women were elected but unfortunately from what I can see right now from the repug side they are all little housewives or failed CEOs.
    whitman reminds me of a mother who is admonishing her kids when she speaks. fiorina almost brought HP to the brink and then decided that they way to stop the free fall was to send American jobs outside the US. haley, well . . . . . she's just a little miss I have it so take it!

    June 12, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. w l jones

    If we had social sercurity in 1864 it would not have taken another hundred years to end slavery in this country. Thank God for this service we would have nothing to fall back on in our old age.

    June 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. German,Irish,American

    Once again, the lying crook Reid tries to lie his out of a jam He is one of the Congessman MOST responsible for the economic crisis we now face. He thinks the average worker who provides his wage stinks to much for his arrogance to be around. This man should be convicted not elected.

    June 12, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. katiec

    This woman is a loose cannon. Not only does she want to privatize Social Security, like Bush and what would have happened to it when we had our financial collapse, she also wants to make liquor illegal.
    And, these people in Nevada voted for her??
    This is good news for Reid for at we cannot accuse him of being insane, but additional proof of what the tea party and the republicans stand for. Even with the make over they are trying to give her, she has said too much to be ignored.

    June 12, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Riley

    Reid has lost all credibility. His days in the senate are up!!!

    June 12, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Bob in PA

    Save Social Security – stop Reid and his comrades from squandering the funds. Throw his but out on the street. Social Security funds should not be permitte3d to be spent by or "loaned to" the federal or state governments. Once collected, they should be placed in a very secure investment portfolio. This money belongs to the citizens of the United States, not their government.

    We need a Congress that will undo the last 60 or 70 years of tangled programs these people have created. The first to go should be the Pension they created for themselves and revert this to a standard 401k like the rest of us have.

    June 12, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Christy

    Reid you have my vote!

    June 12, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. billburn

    Harry Reid has done nothing to better retirement retirement of others. Look at the fiasco he has caused for this nation and state of Nevada. Reid needs to go.

    June 12, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. billburn

    Harry Reid has done nothing to better retirement of others. Look at the fiasco he has caused for this nation and state of Nevada. Reid needs to go.

    June 12, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Freedom

    Go Sharron Angle!!!! Senator Reid has been in office for too long! He is out of touch with the American people. He has led to the destruction of America and all he does is point fingers at the Republicans!!! Reid= Destruction and Tyranny, Angle=Freedom and Opportunity!!!

    June 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Yes, what better social security for all those young people entering the workforce than the stock market? Wall Street is licking its chops (exactly why 75% of Wall Street lobbying money goes to Republicans).

    June 12, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Jim

    This is shameful coming from the man that is the leader of the Democrats in Congress. What's happened to the party that was around in the days of JFK.What we have now shows no resemblance to that party. Harry Reid hasn't provided one ounce of fiscal responsibility.

    June 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Harry you forced Obamacare on us a tax will pay forever. Social Security will never change you know that but your out of a job in November because you are an insider that care only about one thing and that trying to get your arse reelected.

    June 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    I amire the tea party's dedication but they are a mile deep and an inch wide. They are not in the mainstream and do not deserve our support.

    June 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |

    Hey Harry...don't you know the difference between an idea and a
    campaign commitment? A suggestion and a policy? What about
    your commitment to offer amnesty to illegal aliens? So stop trying
    the fear campaign aimed at retirees and seniors. As a mormon,
    you should know better than to mock others religion. You sound
    like Mike Huccabee trashing Mitt Romney for being mormon.

    June 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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