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. MikefromWV

    Though I am not a big fan of Harry Reid, I feel it necessary to come to his defense here.

    The Republicans should speak very softly when it comes to a lot of these issues. For instance:

    Pork. Both parties are guilty of it. The Republicans have amassed a very large pile of pork and have spent more than their share of time and wasted dollars at the hog troughs, at every level.

    Bank bailouts: It was the Bush administration that bailed out the banking industry, not the dems.

    Auto bailouts: It was the Bush administration that started bailing out the auto companies. Obama went along with it.

    June 29, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. rob

    The ad Reid's campaign ran on Angle was a straight out lie typical of the Dems . These ads I see so far from this group are listing the facts that Nevada faces in this economy. It is fair to point these things out.

    Angle needs to keep on the offensive because as we get closer to the election and Reid and the Dems get more desparate, they will pull out all the stops. They know the Media won't hold them accountable for lying, smearing and scare mongering.

    If she tells the truth and stays positive she should win easily.

    June 29, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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