June 23rd, 2010
04:48 PM ET
12 years ago

New Reid ad calls Angle 'extreme'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/23/art.nevada.ad.jpg caption="A new ad from the Reid campaign paints Sharron Angle as 'too extreme.'"](CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's re-election campaign is out with a new television commercial Wednesday that calls his Republican challenger Sharron Angle "just too extreme."

The ad, which the Reid campaign says is running in the Las Vegas and Reno TV markets, appears to be another attempt by Reid to paint Angle as too conservative and out of the mainstream for a majority of Nevada voters.

In the commercial, the narrator says "You've heard Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security. Now she says it's like welfare."

The ad continues with audio of Angle, from an interview last month with KNPR, saying "my grandfather would not even take his Social Security check because he said he was not up for welfare..."

That clip is followed by a soundbite of Edward Coyle, from the Alliance for Retired Americans, saying "the money that people have invested in Social Security all their working lives is their money. To call it welfare is just plain insulting."

The new ad follows another Reid commercial launched earlier this month that also targets Angle's stance on Social Security.

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

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."

The former state lawmaker, once a long shot for the Nevada Republican Senate nomination, easily defeated 12 other candidates in the June 8 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.

Angle's campaign has not yet responded to a CNN request for a comment on the new Reid commercial, but in response to the first commercial, Angle campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy told CNN that "Social Security has become a broken system that Harry Reid is unwilling to sincerely address during all his many terms in office."

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

UPDATE 6:53 p.m.: Angle campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy said in a statement late Wednesday that "Harry Reid is down in the polls and he is trying to divert attention away from the fact that he is one who is extreme - Obamacare, cap & trade, amnesty, the stimulus, the bailouts ... Nevada is suffering from the worse unemployment and the worse housing-market in the nation and Harry Reid is attempting to try and portray himself as anything but a politician who has been in charge of this plundering out-of-control federal government, but the voters are not being fooled by his nonsense."

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Brian Dodge

    "Social Security does not contribute to the deficit so why some are so anxious to "privatize" it is beyond me."

    Think of all the money (and profits) that would flow to the Republican cronies on Wall Street from a mandatory "privatized" replacement for Social Security

    June 23, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. panterazero

    Nothing shocking about it–phasing out the system is the only way to keep it from catastrophically failing...when there simply isn't any money left in the system...

    Hey, Mr. Miller? There's another way.

    This year, an employed person pays 6.2% of the first $106,800 of their taxable earnings. That limit is the problem. If a person earns $300,000, $500,000, or whatever, they still pay Social Security tax only on the first $106,800.

    We should TAKE OFF THE CAP and levy Social Security tax on ALL earned income. If we did that, the Social Security system would be solvent indefinitely. But the effect of this change would be primarily on the rich, who pay much less Social Security tax in proportion than ordinary wage-earners; and so it will never happen, because the Republican agreement with the very rich is "You get to keep all your money."

    June 23, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    The problem with being a centrist, is that you don't make any noise. The squeaky wheels are on the fringe. During primaries, each party panders to its base, mostly evangelical christians on the right and labor and blue collar on the left.

    Once the candidates are selected, it's a race to the center dragging as many of the base along with you as you can and scooping up as many conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans as you can.

    What you get when it's all over is a bunch of spoiled children running the government who don't want to work with each other and each stamping their feet and pouting when they don't get their way.

    June 23, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    REID is a terrible Senator.

    I wish the people of Nevada the best of luck in getting rid of this crook.

    He STOOD BY Chris Dodd and Barney Frank when they would not change the Mortgage and Banking Regulations. They stood by while the housing market crashed. They still think it is UNFAIR to not allow people to have loans that CAN NOT AFFORD IT.

    REID is and Extreme terrible statesman. VOTE HIM OUT.

    June 23, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Donnatella

    I feel sorry for the people of Nevada if they vote this lady in, I'm no Harry Reid fan but he is definately the lesser of 2 evils. This lady is pure evil.

    June 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. normajean

    I always hate to admit it when someone is clever enough to put everything in a basket and hand it to us like a present, but every so often someone does just that. I read these comment day after day {I'm very old with not much to do"} and I read idiocy that's hard to believe but today, I read common sense, which we all know is hard to find.REG, AZ is a comment you should all read at least once. Read however with an open mind, not an empty head. This is what it"s all about! If you don't find logic, YOU have a problem.

    June 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    I don't know about anybody else.....but when unemployment is high in my state, I blame the Governor of the state, as well as the assembly, and senate.

    Nevada has a failed governor............That is at least most of their problem.

    June 23, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Riley

    Reid is the extremeist. He's alienated his constuents time and time again. Well, this time, he will loose his reelection.

    June 23, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. jenn, philadelphia

    Social Security is going bankrupt. For the first time in its history, it now pays out more than it takes in. It is only a matter of time before it does start to contribute to the deficit. If people really believe it doesn't need to be eliminated, it certainly needs an overhaul. I don't believe it will be eliminated. I think it will become extinct.

    June 23, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    Yes, the fact that Angel actually proposed a program created by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to give massages and saunas to prisoners & wants to ban alcohol (doesn't know why prohibition failed?) shows extreme beliefs. She also wants to repeal the 16th amendment – income tax ... but hasn't said what funding would be used to replace that income .... paying the troops in poultry?

    June 23, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Reid is a loser.

    June 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. Edward

    I think that they are both too extreme and I feel sorry for the residents of Nevada.

    June 23, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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