June 29th, 2010
09:42 AM ET
13 years ago

Conservative group launches second Nevada ad against Reid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/29/art.reid.ad.youtube.jpg caption="A new television ad from American Crossroads targets Sen. Harry Reid."]Washington (CNN) - An independent conservative organization is firing away at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

American Crossroads announced Tuesday that it's releasing a second television commercial in Nevada that targets the four-term Democratic senator, who is up for re-election this year.

The ad, titled "Really," challenges Reid's assertion that he can do more for Nevadans because of his seniority in Congress.

"Unfortunately, Senator Reid's record of taxpayer-funded bailouts, government takeovers and spiraling debt has not helped the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who are out of work or losing their homes," says American Crossroads chairman Mike Duncan, in an email release. "Nevada and the rest of the country deserve something better than Reid's tired Washington formula of taxpayer-financed pork and attack politics."

The group says the commercial will start running on Nevada TV starting Tuesday, with an initial ad buy of $120,000.

Two weeks ago, American Crossroads went up with their first comical targeting Reid, criticizing the Senate Majority Leader over bailouts for Wall Street and the financial industry.

That ad went up on Nevada TV three days after Reid launched a commercial targeting his Republican challenger Sharron Angle's stance on Social Security. 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.

Polls suggest that Reid faces a tough road to re-election this year, with a majority of Nevadans saying they have an unfavorable view of their senior senator.


CNN reached out to the Reid campaign for their reaction to the American Crossroads commercial. The Reid campaign responded with the following statement:

This hypocritical attack ad only highlights the fact that Sharron Angle said that putting Nevadans to work isn't her job. While Angle has made it clear she wouldn't lift a finger to fight for the jobs of struggling Nevadans, Sen. Reid is working to pass a bill to create jobs by cutting taxes for businesses and increasing access to capital. The question for Angle is whether she would support Sen. Reid's small business jobs bill, or if she would continue saying 'no' to Nevadans in need.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. maf

    Who would you rather have, the devil you know or the devil you don't?
    Sad to put your choice down to something as simplistic as this, but would you really want to have your state in the hands of someone who is blabbing the same old tired talking points of the GOP who have lost their political way?

    Angle's views are the Tea Party / Party of NO views and if that's what you want, then be careful what you wish for!

    June 29, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. gt

    retire harry ,,, your old , mean , tried, just go play golf ....your old tried ideas are not working ,,, we need jobs not excuses

    June 29, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. BMacCartney

    I guess nostalgia is okay but for the 1930"s? Really? Sure, I didn't like the bailout of Wall Street, but if it wasn't done what do you think would have happened? Nothing? Really? I mean does anyone want to go through another Great Depression? Really? If the pundits are right and the republicans get control of the government again what can we expect? Sure they will want to cut taxes for the wealthiest 2%. Sure they will want to cut spending, for Social Security, Medicare. But what are they going to do for the rest of us? Really? The utter dependance on small business fails to realize that small businesses grew into big businesses and that is what made this country great. Manufacturing has fled to off shore locations and any country that can't make anything will eventually fade into obscurity. Let's get this country going again. Stop the loss of jobs overseas. If the U.S. can compete on a level field we will always be competitive. But when other nations subsidize their industry and keep their currency artificially low there is little anyone in the U.S. will be able to do.

    June 29, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Ron in California.

    No one can do more than Harry Reid. True. More taxes, more spending, more bad ideas, more, more, more. AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-NO MORE PLEASE.

    June 29, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Dean

    Congress has about a 20% approval rating and Reid is the leader of the senate....................
    If voters had any sense at all he wouldn't even be running for reelection.
    American voters are stupid.

    June 29, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    Are voters so stupid as to vote based on the Frank Luntz talking points of "bailouts", "government takeover", and "spiraling debt", the last of which the GOP started? American voters should be kicking the GOP in the teeth for their lies and reckless control of government when they were in power. Putting the GOP back into power will be the death of us all.

    June 29, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. Get A Grip

    Harry Reid's son, Rory Reid, won't even use his last name in his campaign AD. Rory Reid is running for Governor of Nevada and drops the last name of Reid.......can't say I blame Rory. When your father is Harry Reid might be best to just change the last name to....Smith or Jones...

    June 29, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Conservatives are a disease that need to be vaccinated and eradicated. Their mentality is so 18th century. They back this Angle chick who clearly wants to cut Medicare and Social Security. Angle insists on privatizing Social Security. Is this lady nuts? If your SSI was going to Wall St. when the market crashed, you will be in a world of hurt today.

    June 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Dave Harris

    Since their own candidate appears to be a nut job, it's probably good strategy to divert attention from her by attacking him with the usual tired Republican drivel. The man has been a crook for years, surely they can do better than acusing him of "government takeovers".

    June 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I am soooooooooo sick of the two major parties bad mouthing each other, finger pointing and playing gotcha!
    I have a news flash for all of you diehard fans of the Democrats and the Republicans. These two parties are not the answer to the situation this nation faces today. These two extremes will never compromise, they will not work together and they sure as hell do not care about "We (the little) People".
    We need to elect more moderates from either party. We need leaders who are willing to make the hard choices with the people in mind before the special interests.
    And shame on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and alike who feed into this mind set of pitting one party against the other all the time.
    This nation can fail and is very close to failing because we have forgotten what we are as Americans and as Americans we know we cannot fix every injustice in the world or in this nation today. But with hard work and true debate without all the shouting and name calling we can in time bring peace and prosperity back to this nation as a free country.

    June 29, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Reid should and will be consigned to the trash heap of history along with Pelosi and Obozo and crew.

    June 29, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Reid needs to be replaced.........even if it's another Dem.

    June 29, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Marie MD

    that crazy woman angle . . . is she going to bring her chicken woman ex-rival with her? Is she going to tell us how she plans to do away with social security and medicare and medicaid and the department of education, the list goes on and on about this idiot woman.
    Let's not forgety the oath keeper membership. That is as close as you can g3et to secession and turn against the US government as you can without, not really without, being called a traitor!

    June 29, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Malt

    Harry Reid needs to retire. He has done his damage and needs to move on.

    June 29, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Riley

    Reid is finished, but hope he spends all his money trying to get reelected. The people of Nevada have suffered enough at the hands of Obama and Reid.

    June 29, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. haren

    All republican and rich people who controls wall street and dow jones average are bringing down Market to scare people who invested in 401K on the pretax of Europian country's economy and bringing down consumer confidence so that they can come to power without any regulation.

    June 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. JP

    Harry's ad should say no one has done more for the trial lawyers and unions. Both groups hurt the American economy and are Harry's biggest contributors.

    June 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Angus McDugan

    No one can do more... to destroy the U.S. economy and American way of life than Reed. Well, except for Obama.

    June 29, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Cody

    Nobody can make a negative ad like the Republicans. And hide it behind an "independent" organization. Who are the people behind "American Crossroads" and where did that "independent" organization get its funding? Do I smell Texas Republican money? If we let people get away with "swiftboating" then I guess we deserve the cynical, hypocritical, money hungry people we end up with in Washington.

    June 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Willy Brown

    Buh bye Hippy Harry

    June 29, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nevada voters need to demand that American Crossroads (Republicans) or anyone else tell them what their plan for "something better" is instead of parroting what's already on the table. I haven't heard one Republican talk about their plan because they don't have one.

    June 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Rosslaw

    If the Tea Party patriots would just follow through on their "I hate government" platform and withdraw from Medicare and Social Security, this country could save a bundle and the Tea Party genuises would no longer be contaminated by "socialist" programs. They could rely on the "invisible hand" of a truly free market, left without health insurance and die. Speaking of which, shouldn't the Gulf of Mexico cleanup be left to free enterprise with, for example, BP taking the lead on clean up and information and just withdraw all federal money, support and personnel so as not to make it a "socialist" clean up?

    June 29, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Obama/Pelosi/Reid regime must end!

    Bye bye Reid! Enjoy retirement. Too bad Pelosi can't be next...the majority of Americans dislike her because she's so out of touch, but she's safe in left-wing San Fran.

    June 29, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. David in Houston

    I sincerely hope the good people of Utah can see through this "conservative" nonsense...

    June 29, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. hobart

    If you want the Tea Party agenda, accelerate the economic recession into a depression so that in order to balance the budget they can do away with public schools and the department of education, do away with social security (into which most of us have been paying for over 40 years), do away with medicaid and medicare and health care reform so that only the rich can afford health insurance, do away with the environmental protection agency so that oil spill disaster in the gulf becomes the norm, then Angle's your gal.

    June 29, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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