June 15th, 2010
04:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Reid's Senate challenger visits Capitol

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/15/art.angle.traviscnn.jpg caption ="Nevada GOP senatorial nominee Sharron Angle paid a visit to Senate Republicans during their weekly luncheon Tuesday."]

Washington (CNN) - The woman hoping to unseat the most powerful member of the Senate paid a visit to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet the people whom she hopes to call colleagues.

Sharron Angle was officially introduced to the Senate Republican conference at their weekly luncheon, where the Nevada GOP senatorial nominee met with individuals and briefly spoke to the group about her campaign to beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

While it is customary for senatorial candidates to come to Washington and meet with sitting senators, Angle's victory in the Nevada primary one week ago raised concern among some Republican party officials who deem her support for phasing out social security and dismantling the Department of Education as out of the mainstream.

Angle's invitation to the Capitol came from Nevada's other Senator, John Ensign, who said her presentation was "very positive" and that her positions are in line with those of fellow Nevadans.

"Her social security position, first of all, is the same on I have and have had for years. They tried to attack me in the campaign. Bottom line is, she wants to save social security... [and] I think it's a very reasonable position," Ensign told CNN.

Angle quickly exited the Capitol after the luncheon without speaking to reporters.

While Ensign has the notoriety of losing to Reid in 1998 by a mere 459 votes, the man who last toppled a sitting party leader is Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, who bested then-minority leader Tom Daschle in 2004.

"I get the impression she's a fighter. I don't think she's going to be somebody who they're going to just roll over," said Thune after meeting Angle. "She understands what its going to take to win and is committed to do it."

Other Senators who attended the event gave her positive reviews and said she will be a formidable opponent against Reid.

"This is going to be a referendum on the policies of spending and debt. And I think the challenge [Harry Reid] has, the majority leader has, is he's been the chief water carrier for the president's policies that have turned out to be enormously unpopular, not only in Nevada, but across the country," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Cornyn is also chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is tasked with helping elect Republicans to the Senate.

Former Republican presidential nominee John McCain said he is "confident" that Angle can beat Reid and is ready to campaign for her, once he is asked.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Senate • Sharron Angle
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Aaron

    Maybe some flies will fly into her big mouth in DC in June.

    June 15, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Ensign and Angle ... must be all that latent nuclear test fall-out affecting people's minds ...

    June 15, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    I thought she was running on the prohibition ticket...

    June 15, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Chris

    No more, please. As a Republican, we don't need any more idiots on our side. Please make her go away!

    June 15, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Just what we need another nut job Bimbo. The republican party should be so proud.!!! Between her a palin an IQ OF -6 . Help

    June 15, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. j

    Yet another brainless wonder brought to you by the Republican party.

    June 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Pragmatic

    Ya think people are going to vote for someone who wants to bring nuclear waste (not power plants) to their state? Who wants to ban alcohol? Who states that abortion causes breast cancer, & proposed a program created by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to give massages and saunas to prisoners?

    You may not like Harry Reid but as a senior senator he brings more to Nevada than the junior crackpot will!

    June 15, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  8. clipper

    Reid is a clown. So is Obozo. These guys are all outta here in '10 and '12.

    June 15, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. unseat the most powerful member of the Senate

    no chance, you have no chance

    but, pull a Palin

    cash out while you have your minutes of fame, write a book, tell us about your rogue status, how you are a maverick

    June 15, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Nevada is not as bad as SC but this is the state that has given us C Street Gang member Ensign (cheater and bribe kahuna) and now we have this woman who is anti fluoride, social security, medicare, education department, sauna and massages for prisoner, anti alcohol and . . . . . drum roll please, she is an oath keeper (uniformed soldiers and police who take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional - including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states' sovereignty, and 'any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.) According to her husband they both support this group. Then there's scientology! Need I say more.

    June 15, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. they call me "tater salad"

    Just another shining example of the typical double talking, phony brought to you by the folks at the party of Giant Orifice Pimples!......."Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"!!!

    June 15, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
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