July 8th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
11 years ago

New Reid ad goes after Angle on jobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/08/art.reidad.0708u.gi.jpg caption="Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is out Thursday with a new TV ad."](CNN) - A new television commercial by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid aims to use Republican challenger Sharron Angle's own words against her.

The ad, which the Reid campaign says starts running statewide in Nevada on Thursday, uses an audio clip of Angle saying "people ask me: What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state. Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator."

The commercial also includes a video clip of Angle saying, "I am not in the business of creating jobs."'

Jobs are a crucial issue in Nevada, which currently has the highest state unemployment level in the country.

"Sharron Angle has repeatedly said that, if elected, she wouldn't lift a finger to fight for the jobs of struggling Nevadans – a position that is completely tone-deaf and out of touch with the needs of ordinary Nevadans in these tough economic times," says Reid campaign spokeswoman Kelly Steele, in an email statement.

On her campaign website, Angle says, "The fastest way to get the economy moving again is to cut spending, pay back the national debt, and make permanent the Bush Tax Cuts which are due to expire in just a few months. Steps like these would go a long way toward giving the business community the confidence they need to start creating jobs and hiring again."

The commercial's release comes on the same day that President Barack Obama headlines a campaign rally and a fundraiser in Las Vegas for Reid.

"Harry Reid knows he can't win by running on his own dismal record, so he is attacking Sharron Angle in an attempt to distract voters from who he is. He's not getting away with it that easily - Nevadans are tired of Harry Reid's rubber-stamping higher taxes and irresponsible spending policies in Washington, and it's time for him to go," says Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy.

Polls indicate the top Democrat in the Senate faces a tough road to re-election as he bids this November for a fifth term in office. Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. Angle, a former Nevada state lawmaker, enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Ben

    claudia – "angle is so wrong harie ried will win because he has the right plan for his state"

    And just what plan would that be? The plan that's got us an unemployment rate of almost 10%? Yeah, that's some plan, alright. You need to stay away from the polls until you open your eyes to what's really going on here.

    July 8, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. X

    Bush and the GOP gave huge tax cuts to the wealthy and deregulated big oil and big finance. The result: these right wing bozos squandered a $200 billion surplus and created a multi-trillion debt , we had a financial crash that resulted in 8 million lost jobs and the BP oil spill. Listening to these right wing yahoos bellyache about the spending measures we have taken to avoid a Great Depression is like listening to a frat boy who sets his frat house on fire and then complains that the fire department is using too much water to put the fire out.

    July 8, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. ListenToYourselves

    Really? . . . it might help your argument if you put facts in play. Please explain what policy Reid enacted when he became Senate Majority leader in Jan. 2007 that caused the recession of 2007.

    July 8, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. 8 years of the Bush Error = How many years of recession and unemployment?

    Well, angry Angle, you are brave enough to state it outright, unlike the rest of your party that will soon have cut off unemployment benefits to 3.3 million Americans under the guise of "fiscal responsibility".

    Translateion: Our dedication to "fiscal responsiblity" we let the shrub start 2 wars and cut taxes to the rich, therefore, it is proven, we do not give a sheet about the average American worker.

    July 8, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Angle is what the Republican party has de-evolved to.
    Mindless wackos who will say anything that pops into their smooth brain.

    July 8, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. David

    I sincerely hope the good people of Arizona will have more sense than to vote to have this vile woman representing them.

    July 8, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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