June 15th, 2010
04:58 PM ET
12 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. Larry

    Angle reminds me of Dubya.

    She's about as clueless too.

    June 15, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Las Vegas Lady

    We here in Nevada don't want to claim her. She's nuts.

    June 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Very nice. Did they show her the school house rock that explains how the legislature works so she has at least some remote clue what's going on if NV proves itself to be completely retarded for voting her into office? This wooman's belief system is NUTS. All you crybaby conservatives complaining about the "liberal media conspiracy" need to get out pen and paper to write thank you letters to CNN's management for not posting articles clearly exposing the absolutely crazy nonsense that this woman considers reasonable. She's as far from rational and "constitutionalist" as it gets and yet all the "news" media is feeding the public is poll numbers and trite little stories like this one, which basically equates to a bad rendition of the DEad Milmen's "Taking Retards to the Zoo."

    June 15, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Ladies and Gentleman let me introduce you to the REAL Republican activist agenda. Rand Paul and Angle are the only ones in the GOP that are honest enough to admit that they want to dismantle the Federal Govt as we know it: remove Social Security, remove Medicare, remove Dept of Education and replace it with a privatized system. That's the truth nobody else in the Republican party has the guts to say openly.

    June 15, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Ron in California.

    Wait and see....Obummer will turn out far far worse than Dubya.

    June 15, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Don Wuerl

    Just whom would Ms. Angel want to teach (or preach) to our future generations if she does as she wanted to do all along? Could it be the ultimate spinmaster, Rush Limbaugh? I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT!

    June 15, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. grrace

    Republicans have a lot of nerve complaining about "spending" and "debt." Thanks to those bozos, we are spending 10-15 billion a month on those pathetic wars. Additionally, Republicans FAIL to understand the difference between willy nilly spending, as they have done, (Bush Tax Cuts) and actually investing. If we had invested in our infastructure, instead of being CHEAP, we wouldn't see schools and bridges crumbling before our eyes.

    June 15, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. normajean

    As a senior citizen with children in their middle years and getting older, it really scares me to have a quasi political figure come along and try to take time honored programs that have been in place for so many years and talk about dismantleing them.Has she plans for replacement? Something better perhaps?Don't we usually make some solid plans for the new, before we talk of dumping the old?

    June 15, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Jim

    She wants to phase out Social Security. Will she pay me back the money I have payed in for the last 26 years?

    She wants to eliminate the Department of Education. So she can lie to people and they won't know the truth!

    Let's vote for her...

    June 15, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. DIANA

    Counting your chickens before they hatch? You know this is the only way you'll get to Washington – as a private citizen.

    How are you going to explain to Nevada that you want to bring back prohabition? Only going on FOX so that the middle won't know who you are? And to top it off, you've got McCain backing you.

    Thank you, you just won the election for Reid.

    June 15, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Native Nevadan

    John Ensign and Sharron Angle share the same ideas but they do not reflect the people of Nevada. Infidelity, payoffs, resume padding, self righteousness and self promotion are not values Nevadans hold.

    Angle will not run on her merits or policy positions but will run a fear and grumbling, gloom and doom antigovernment (except when it comes to certain peoples health and certain peoples orientation) campaign. She will self destruct as she continues to open her mouth. She will get the stupid vote, about 45%.

    Imagine Alvin Greene and Sharron Angle in the US Senate. Kinda makes Bush Jr. look intelligent.

    Oh, the blond guy on Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy, got it wrong. Sarah Palin did not endorse Angle. Check your facts before you speak. Oops, it's Fox and Friends, who cares about facts.

    June 15, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Mesa Mick

    Sister Sarah meet Sharron, Sharron meet Sister Sarah.

    I know you two have somethings in common...
    Neither of your read very much, can spew a meaningless "word salad" for up to 5 minutes without taking a breath and you both are clueless about what's going on in the real world...

    June 15, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Enough

    Reid has got to go........even the Democrats can't support this old fool.

    June 15, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Bill in CA.

    My advice to the lady...you better move a little more to the center and stay away from the subject of Social Security. There are a lot of retirees in Nevada and they DO vote with their wallets.

    June 15, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Adalbert

    Only in America can an clueless idiot like Angle be elected to run for office. It confirms the fact that Nevada’s politics is in the gutter.

    June 15, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Chickens to the doctor seemed outlandish, but Angle's positions appear even more extreme. No thanks.

    June 15, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. dan

    Where is the media,this woman just said Nevada needs to take out Harry Reid,if Reid would have said this about Angle it would be all over the news today.

    June 15, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. steven harnack

    What is the deal with Ensign still in the Senate? Misuse of campaign funds and bribery aren't reasons for impeachment anymore?

    June 15, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. son1

    You people on this comment board are really sad. You must be the very people that mooch off of others while calling them idiots.

    June 15, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    I suppose an article that provides the facts showing just how loopy this goof is would ruin the ability to suck the story dry over several weeks, eh CNN?

    June 15, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Remember the Alamo

    Take Reid down and out.

    June 15, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |

    Very nervous whacked out loony lib Dems; very nervous whacked out loony lib (soon to be ex-senator) Reid.

    Good news for America.

    June 15, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    A little premature to go to Washington, don't you think?

    But then again I know what all this is about, just like W rolling his sleeves pretending he will do some hard work (as he ever worked a day in his life), she wants to "show" that she belongs in Washington with the "big wigs".

    Or, she is already selling out her "Tea Party" grassroots.

    Knowing Republicans, she's doing both at the same time, and a blogger...

    June 15, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Jayson

    Social security should be optional, not mandatory. That way the fools who actually want to put their money into the worlds biggest ponzy scheme are free to do so at their own peril.

    We can throw as much money at education as we want but as long as we don't hold the parents accountable for their childrens education and teachers accountable nothing will change.

    June 15, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Marge

    Did the have the men in the white coats with the nets on the ready. Any body who wants to stop the sale of alcohol in the STATE OF NEVADA, is really ready for the booby hatch. I bet the people in Nevada will think so also.

    June 15, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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