June 14th, 2010
08:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Conservative group launches ad against Reid in Nevada

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/14/art.reidad0614.americancrossroads.jpg caption ="The conservative organization American Crossroads is up with a new television ad Monday that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."]Washington (CNN) - The ad wars in Nevada's Senate battle are heating up.

An independent conservative organization announced Monday that they are up with a new television commercial in Nevada that criticizes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his part in passing last year's federal stimulus plan.

"With Nevada in economic free fall, Harry Reid brags about his taxpayer-funded $787 billion bailout, saying, 'There's no question our hard work is paying off.' Paying off? Paying off for whom?" asks the ad, by American Crossroads, an independent organization created earlier this spring by a group of influential Republicans who's goal is to raise some $50 million to assist the GOP in this year's midterm elections.

The ad closes by saying that "more than 180,000 Nevadans are out of work. Nevada home values have plummeted…record foreclosures. Harry Reid's work is paying off, alright: paying off for Harry Reid's friends in Washington. But leaving Nevada – with what?"

American Crossroads says its spending $120,000 to run the commercial statewide for a week," according to their website.

The ad comes three days after Reid launched a commercial targeting his Republican challenger Sharron Angle's stance on Social Security.

"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."

The former state lawmaker, 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.

The ad by Reid was released one day after the longtime Nevada Democrat came out with two campaign commercials touting his ability to create jobs in his home state.

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
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Molly Weasley

    Every economist, whatever his or her political leanings, agrees that the stimulus package saved the American economy. The latest CBO report says it saved and created more than 3 million jobs. The stimulus package also lowered taxes for more than 90% of American families.

    Yet these conservative whack jobs still can't admit it. The Democrats were right and the Republicans were wrong.

    June 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Marge

    Isn't it odd how deceitful republican are. Bush tripled and tripled again the deficit and nary a word was said by these same bunch of hypocrites. Now when the money went to improve the economy and help people it is a bad bad thing.

    Guess we all know what republicans love, the big old corporations and the filthy rich. When it comes to helping the poor and middle class they yell no no no and turn thumbs down. But that AIN'T gonna help them in November. Real People in this country aren't as stupid as republicans.

    June 14, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    This lady wants to prohibit alcohol in Nevada. Wonder how that would impact places like Reno and Las Vegas? Hmmm...

    June 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Bob of Lompoc

    Only Republicans would see the saving of the Nations' Economic System as a negative. Remember the SS in WW II? It was reported many times by U S Army Officials that wounded Waffen SS Soldiers, when treated by U S Army Medics, refused blood transfusions which contained "Jewish Blood", and let themselves die. Yep. The Party Of No!

    June 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Did this group also mention that Bush gave two bail out bills that the Republicans supported whole heatedly?

    WELL NOW, of course NOT....

    June 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    Hey, well if Angle wins she and her ilk can hit the road paying back to the federal treasury all stimulus funds that were directed to Nevada. Then she and her ilk can back out of the "socialist" medicare and social security programs and instead rely on private health insurance and the market's "invisible hand". Mission accomplished!

    June 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. some guy in New Hampshire

    The idea that Congress "bailed out Wall Street and the fat cats" is good spin but bad thinking. Congress and Obama pumped money into the economy to keep it from cratering. The way money enters the economy is through financial institutions and through consumer spending - hence keeping the banks open and lending so businesses can operate, people can work, and the circle of earning and spending could remain whole. Some money went into pinstriped pockets, but that's not where most of it went nor was it the hoope of Congress and Obama that it would go there. People who either don't understand this or deliberately lie about it are the people to avoid in elections - not the people who manned up and did the nasty stuff that kept the economy going.

    June 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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