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. susie

    Vote Reid out!

    June 12, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Steve in North Carolina

    Plea to Nevada...Please rid us of Reid!!!

    June 12, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Ed FL

    As a lifelong Democrat party line voter I personally do not like REID, however we need him to keep the majority. Hopefully when he is reelected he will have the common sense to resign as leader and let someone lead who can attempt to get the GOP to join in something. Reid is not the type of leader this country needs at this time.

    June 12, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. gg

    social security was doing just fine until reagan got a hold of it should have never given him the combination numbers trillion dollars gone over night

    June 12, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. thor

    Harry Reid acts like he's never been in the Senate.Who does he think is responsible for all the mess this country is in. Don't just blame the Republicans ,it takes two to tango.

    June 12, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Angle needs to be thoroughly investigated, she may be a member of the Tea Party but she sounds more like a member of the Taliban.

    June 12, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Paul H

    ("Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security.) Okay look at it this way. I got a Social Security statement the other day that told me that by the time I'm ready to draw SS at retirement I will only be getting 73 cent's on the dollar. The government that we trusted with our money to take care of us in our golden years has spent all of their money, and now taps into ours so that we have less in our retirement years.
    Does it make sense to keep trusting our government with our hard earned dollars, or would it make sense to put it in a bank and save? Hmmm, that's a tough one because in this day and age people do not leave their savings a lone long enough to last till retirement, and investors have their own interest at heart.
    But for those that can save or invest wisely wouldn't it be better to do so? My point is the statement about getting rid of SS is not such a doom and gloom issue as tax, and spend Democrats make it out to be.

    June 12, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Independent

    What unveiled desperation.

    Go Angle!!!

    June 12, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. gary

    there is an old saying harry you are either part of the solution or part of the problem you harry ar part of the problem bye bye in november

    June 12, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. bill

    HARRY LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE ON TO SOMETHING.caint believe this idiot.dont think nevada will either. tea party like sister palen will implode by november...GOOD LUCK HARRY HEEP IT UP.

    June 12, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Charlie

    Social Security should be abolished. It is a horrible program that fails to provide the return on investment. A person contributing to a private pension contributes about the same percentage of their pay. Difference is the private pension plan allows one to retire after 20 or 30 years of work with 80% of their income. SS allows one to retire at 50 years and at about 25% of their salary.

    So yes, through out Social Security and replace it with something that works for the people.

    June 12, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. DENNA

    I can promise that ANY politician who messes with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, will be guaranteed a free ticket back to the private sector for employment. If you do cut it, better ask the kids and grandkids how they would like to take care of grandma and grandpa for the rest of their lives because they don't get those checks again. I think cutting salaries and perks for congress and the senate would go a long way to balancing the budget. Take that money that you get from lobbyist and put it into the kitty too. Social services that help the poor in America, which now includes some former middle class people, would never, ever be cut. Also, can't we suspend some of that foreign aid for awhile? The space program could wait too until we are a bit more prosperous.

    June 12, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. vette gal

    Since we are fast becoming a nation of minimum wage employees , as most of our higher paying manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas, I'd like to know how Ms. Angle would propose for those people to save enough money to invest in the free market. Since the larger manufacturing corporations has abandoned us and most of our jobs are now provided by small businesses who don't pay more than token salaries, give people a solution for coming up with retirement money not rhetoric. Also, Ms. Angle, my retirement which was invested in the free market has suffered greatly these past couple of years and if I had to retire this year, I probably wouldn't have enough to live on until I died.

    June 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. lady in the know

    It is obvious that the Federal government can't control the purse strings as Social Security is going bankrupt, so is Medicare and Medicaid and most other Federal programs, so I think it is high time that alternative programs are looked into to provide for seniors when they retire. The private sector is the obvious place, don't you think? Let the people make their own decisions on where they want their hard earned money to go. The government has certainly proven they can't handle it. What was put in the Social Security "bank" and wasn't supposed to be touched by government is now full of government IOU's, and how soon do you think those will be paid back? It's time for a commonsense approach to things and to look forward, not keep looking backwards. Like the saying: the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. Reid is backward, Angle is forward.

    June 12, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Ted McKee

    The politcal views of Sharon Angle are frightening., but it's the best
    news for Harry Reid's campaign. Let's hope he doesn't blow it.

    June 12, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. dennis

    Harry Reid hasn't done ONE THING to protect Social Security. Every letter I get from the Socialy Security Office tells me, "If Congress doesn't act, you would only get 73% of the monthly amount shown, and without action, it is estimated you may only get 70% or less of your amount." All this CNN Democrat Propaganda piece is Harry Reid driving fear politics, after all, he and his Democrat cronies bailed out Wall Street, AIG, GM, Chrysler, and all their Union Voters, and let the rest of us go to the infernal regions. He needs to go home to his Real Estate Slush Fund, and leave the rest of us alone!

    June 12, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Michael

    Even in a state as nutty as Nevada, a lunatic as raving mad as Angle cannot possibly garner a majority vote. She is just too far out in the schizophrenic outer limits. It is mind-boggling enough that she even has a listening base; thank the Tea Party for that, I guess.

    June 12, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security."

    In the first place, Social Security is going to wipe itself out in not many more years. It's a Ponzi scheme that relies on ever more new suckers to pay off the earlier suckers, and with the horde of Baby Boomers rapidly moving from "paying in" to "taking out," there just aren't enough new suckers coming in to pay off the geezers.

    "She'd cut benefits for everyone coming into the system."

    Leaving out, of course, in the slimy way politicians do, that she'd also eliminate the Social Security taxes imposed on everyone dragooned into the system.

    Only the terminally stupid still believe that Social Security is sustainable. The only solution is to start phasing it out now, in an orderly fashion that minimises the damage. The only alternative to that is a catastrophic collapse in not many more years.

    June 12, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Hammerer

    Talk about obamacare harry.

    June 12, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Mike in NYC

    Education is a department that needs a stake through its heart, ASAP.

    June 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. ib

    The democrats have nerve saying anything about SS and medicare when they put cuts for medicare in Obamacare and then rammed it down our throats. I would love to Reid kicked out and boy how I would love to see Pelosi have to ride off in the sunset on her broom. There are also a lot of republicans that I would like to see kicked out.

    June 12, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. njt25

    It is too bad Nevada picked such an extreme candidate for the Republican nominee. Even so, the fact that he is still losing to an extreme right candidate, shows how much trouble that he is actually in. I would rather like to see Pelosi in Reid's situation, but since she is from the most left place in the country we will have to put up with her for a little time longer.

    June 12, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. malabar

    Perhaps the only thing dingy harry likes about her is 1 of the traits he finds pleasant enough to comment on about his boss: no negro dialect. or maybe the fact that she doesnt stink like he says tourists do. u see libs, ur not the only 1s who can completely avoid the topic at hand hahaha

    June 12, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. JMikey54

    Angle would wreck social security if given a chance she must be defeated!

    June 12, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Marvin

    As with Rand Paul in Kentucky, one not so perfect idea does not shape national law or policy. With Reid, everything is wrong. Nevada, elect Sharron Angle.

    June 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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