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. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    LOL, the left liberal extreme calling the right conservative too extreme.
    What happened to common sense what happened to being in the center of the two extremes? Neither party supports the centrists of their parties anymore and who suffers why it is " We the little People" that's who.

    June 23, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Beverly - NYC

    Where did they find this nut bag? Of 12 Republican candidates she was the best? Really Nevada, what are you thinking?

    June 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    She's a loon. I've put into the SS fund more than 47 years and some of those years at the very maximum.

    Maybe the position she's applying for should be her welfare since she will get a high salary, all the free benefits and just have to show up once or twice a week to vote NO. What a looney slacker.

    June 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Jane

    Reid is right. Wiping out Social Security as we know it is like giving your retirement money to Bernie Madoff.

    June 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Mad as Hell

    Harry, Harry, Harry, save your money and use it for your retirement, or wait you dont have to save your money because we are going to keep paying you your salery after your gone next November. You dont need social security, relax and enjoy the rest of your miserable life.

    June 23, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. gt

    extreme ? thats calling the kettle black... reid is the is the one who is extreme... he is unlikable, bitter, old , tried and cant get along with anybody... lets see how many liberal democrats call general petraus .. general betrayus now,,, interesting to see how his crictics act now...

    June 23, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. american patriot

    RIED is going to be voted out.

    Along with his cronie Pelosi.

    Both have gotten huge egos and are blowing tax payer money as if the money will continue to flow to them for whatever they want to use it for.

    Come November, all Poloticians have better be concerned.


    June 23, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Rickster

    lol...oh, Harry....you pathetic creature. Enjoy your retirement.

    June 23, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Felonious Monk

    She is an extremist. She is calling for a 2nd amendment solution to the "harry reid problem." Essentially she is calling for the assasination of a sitting US Senator. I would call that extreme. Any counter offers?

    June 23, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Whimsy1

    It seems too many politicians that should know better regard Social Security as some sort of welfare program. That is just not the case. Hardworking Americans all over this country have paid into the system all their working lives. Their benefit is based on an average of their income which is in line with what they paid in.

    Social Security does not contribute to the deficit so why some are so anxious to "privatize" it is beyond me. The only problem with Social Security is it's surplus which government keeps "borrowing". If they kept their hands off, SS would have no problems remaining solvent.

    June 23, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. katiec

    To say she is extreme is an understatement. This woman is irresponsible, radical and deserves no creditibility.
    I do hope the people of Nevada realize their humongous error and turn out strong to vote against her.

    June 23, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    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..."

    There you go again Harry, putting more words into Angles mouth.

    June 23, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. ThsIsNotReal

    I wonder, what Harry Reid's plan is for Social Security? Just let it go bankrupt and implode on it's own in the next 10 years? Social Security will go down one way or the other, everyone knows that. Sounds like this tea bagger is at least trying to make some sort of plan to replace it in the private sector instead of Reid just pretending everything will be fine.

    June 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Remi

    That pretty funny coming from Reid who usually seeks shock value when bashing those who disagree with him. The bottom line is Reid has been a pathetic Senator for Nevada and needs to be replaced.

    June 23, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. indy

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! He's just extreme the other way. Oh, but of course, being extreme to the left doesn't count, only extreme to the right. If this is the best he has to offer, his campaign must be in trouble.

    June 23, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    She is a total and complete nutjob. She is another Palin who can't speak about the issues, can't answer simple questions, and then blames the media for her stupidity. She wants to end Social Security and Medicare. She thinks prisoners should get massages (can't make something that weird up). And I thought the "chicken woman" was bad......

    Go Harry – she is a gift to the Democratic Party.

    June 23, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Naqib

    Oh the last breath of an extreme lefty....

    Bye .... You will be gone come Novemeber... and Pelosi too...

    Enjoy your retirement... which doesn't need SS...

    I have paid in for 25 years... and you could keep what you have if I could stop paying... in the 20 years I have left I would have more with simple/safe bonds... that system is a joke to anyone who can do simple math!

    June 23, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |

    I always enjoy these right wing nuts that can not vote in NV who comment that Senator Reid is on his way out. We who are IN NV know that Angle is way too extreme for our state or the nation. She wants to put Social Security and Medicare funds of the new people into the stock market, could you imagine what would have last year with the market crash if these funds were in the market too. How many people would that have completely wiped out? She also wants to get rid of the Dept of Education, The EPA and many more. It seems like anything that is good for or helps the People she is against and has been. Now she's changed her web site and has removed her previous positions, in other words she now lies about her positions. Where's Joe Wilson to stand up and yell, Ms. Angle, You LIE!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    June 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

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

    It's more than "like" welfare, It is welfare.

    When Social Security was started, it was set up so that people and their employers paid enough into the system that, with interest, it would provide for the rest of their statistically expected lives. Over the decades, though, with people living, on average, longer and with politicians increasing benefits for political gain far beyond what's actuarially sustainable, people are getting far more out of Social Security than they, their employers, and interest have put in. So, yes, Social Security is welfare–people are getting benefits out of it they never earned, benefits being paid for by younger workers out of the money that should be being set aside for their retirements. And, of course, since it's not being set aside, Social Seecurity, like any Ponzi scheme, is guaranteed to go bankrupt.

    "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."

    Nothing shocking about it–phasing out the system is the only way to keep it from catastrophically failing, causing a huge amount of misery, when there simply isn't any money left in the system to write retirement cheques on.

    Reid almost certainly knows these things. He's just playing politics with fear, knowing that, even when Social Security goes bankrupt, he, as a fairly rich guy, will be okay. The rest of you, well... too bad...

    June 23, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. David G

    Sharron Angle is extreme. Wants to do away with Social Security, get rid of the Education Dept, and abolish the IRS, If the Republican's had elected any 1 else to represent the Republican Party in the main election, Harry Reid would have lost in November. Thankfully Republican's and Teabaggers are going to snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory. Harry Reid is an honest man, just trying to do his part in correcting all the problem's of the Cheney/Bush Administration..

    June 23, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. REG in AZ

    It certainly won’t make any difference but just to express myself I’ll go ahead and say it. After being a long term Republican two things came to be ‘the straws that broke the back’ and that was their total irresponsibility to the people and their gross dishonesty aimed to rationalize and to manipulate, with both being arrogantly and stubbornly performed. It is obvious today that their total focus is on their political ambitions, which includes being ‘puppets’ for Special Interests and the select few who are their strong supporters, while always without conscience and at any cost they completely disregard their responsibilities to the people. The proof lies in their actions, when with their constant deceptive rhetoric set aside, the actions just leave no doubt. It doesn’t take a genius to see all of it, only a rational and objective mindset that is in the viewers own best interests. I wish it were different because I really believe we need both parties.

    The irresponsibility likely really started with Nixon, grew with Reagan and catapulted under Bush-Cheney to be the current corrupt and offensive extreme it is. We only have to go back to Bush-Cheney to see where they used their offices and America’s resources for their private agenda to always benefit the few, who gave them overt and covert support, substantial contributions and even promises for future compensation (kickbacks), while they gave the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge. The very long list is easily remembered as we are still suffering the results. Since then the Republican Party has continued to be belligerent and arrogant in their constant irresponsibility by ignoring the drastic problems at hand, refusing to offer bipartisan cooperation and practicing deception and sabotage to fault and obstruct all efforts, again putting their political ambitions above all else. They even go so far as coercing and intimidating their own to force complete adherence, thereby squelching any occurrences of individual consciences.

    Throughout it all the gross dishonesty is played to the hilt. The Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign displayed they had no limits and the 2004 ‘Swift Boat’ attacks again demonstrated the depth of their sociopathic, unconscionable mindset. We saw their manipulation of public opinion, notably with the Christian block, using appeals to people’s biases, prejudices, emotional attachments and even in the bazaar claims by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin and others whose credibility is non-existent. Today it just continues without pause. Even the Tea Party Movement, being originated and supported by those who support the Republican Party, is likely just a Trojan Horse that deceptively simply seeks to return to ‘more of the same’. Barack Obama of course is not without fault yet he deserves credit for honestly addressing the problems, trying to minimize their effect and seeking to responsibly resolve them, basically on his own. Our country is designed to work best with bipartisan cooperation and surely without one side always trying to ‘cut the legs out from under’ the other.

    People can choose to accept the constant attacks and outlandish claims made against Obama, faulting him for everything, ignoring that he inherited the problems and is actually making progress but if they do that and then we are returned to ‘more of the same’, which can only be a furthering of the problems and a catastrophe, they won’t be able to look to the Republican deception that duped them for any solace or find any satisfaction in the fact that they got their way.

    June 23, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. John R/ Tampa, Fl

    Reid calling Angle extreme is like the pot calling the kettle black. Reid, Pelosi and Obama are extreme. They are pulling this country down to it's knees with their reckless spending.

    When my grandchildren are living a 3rd world standard of living they will have these bad actors to thank. IMPEACH OBAMA

    June 23, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Ben in Texas

    So, her granddaddy wouldn't take SS because it's welfare? That's news to me, since I've paid into it for 44 years!

    And she wants to be a U.S. Senator and become one of the biggest welfare recipients on earth? Senators get so many perks that they rival corporations in terms of receiving unearned income.

    Angle is beyond the fringe, and Harry will wipe the floor with her.

    June 23, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Memo to you Tea Klux Klan activists: privatizing or phasing-out "BIG GOVT" programs like Social Security and Medicare is extreme. Finally you got exposed for what your agenda is. Reid and Pelosi are in fact mainstream, especially in comparison to your Tea candidates like Angle and Rand Paul.

    June 23, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Jerry - Florida

    At least she is not a senile liar like Mr. Reed. Among other idiocies, he's selling his soul to the unions claiming that his actions will help the American people. This is an outright lie. But, what else do you expect from the guy that helped President NObama shove unwanted legislation down our throats.

    Arizonans would be extremely helpful to their state and the rest of the nation if they got rid of this NObama lapdog buffoon.

    Arizonas, it's your call!

    June 23, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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