July 9th, 2010
12:16 PM ET
13 years ago

Ads attack Reid over Nevada's high jobless rate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/09/art.anglead.0709u.gi.jpg caption ="Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out Friday with a new ad slamming her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."]Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

(CNN) - Call it a one two punch on a dubious honor.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Republican challenger is out with a new ad Friday that slams Reid over the state's 14 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

"When Harry Reid became Majority Leader, Nevada's unemployment was only 4.4 percent. Now Nevada unemployment hits 14 percent, leads nation," states a headline in the commercial, which Sharron Angle's campaign says starts running Friday statewide in Nevada on broadcast and cable television.

The ad then uses copy from various news reports about Nevada overtaking Michigan to claim the highest state employment level in the country. The commercial ends by saying "Help is on the way. Visit http://www.SharronAngle.com."

When Reid took over as Senate Majority Leader in January 2007, Nevada's unemployment rate stood at 4.4 percent. The national unemloyment rate at that time was 4.6 percent at that time.

The ad is the first by Angle since she 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.

The commercial was released the same day that the Republican National Committee went up with a new ad also taking on Reid, as well as President Barack Obama, over the high jobless rate.

"It took thousands of men to build Hoover Dam and modern Nevada. But it only took two men to help tear down its economy," says the narrator in the commercial,
which begins running Friday on cable television in Las Vegas, according to an RNC official.

The state's unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent when Obama took over in the White House at beginning of last year.

The release of the two ads comes just hours after Obama headlined two campaign events in Las Vegas Thursday night for the top Democrat in the Senate, who polls suggest faces a difficult re-election this year as he bids for a fifth term in office.

"We knew it would take us months, years, to dig ourselves out of the holes that we found ourselves in. That's longer than anybody would like, but here's what I also know. An economy that last year was shrinking by 6 percent is now growing. An economy that was shredding jobs at an unbelievable pace - we've now had six months in a row of private sector job growth," said Obama at the event. "That's because of policies that Harry Reid helped bring about. We have turned things around, and we are moving in the right direction."

The president is continuing that theme Friday, in a speech on the economy he was scheduled to deliver at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Describing Reid, Obama said "he's a fighter, and you should never bet against him. And that's just what we need right now. We need someone who's going to fight for the people of Nevada and for the American people," according to excerpts released before the speech.

The ad wars in Nevada should continue next week, following an announcement Friday by the Tea Party Express, a national Tea Party group based in California that helped Angle during her primary bid. A spokesman for the organization tells CNN that new ads in support of Angle will air on Nevada TV next week, now that the group has met its fundraising goal of $100,000 to produce the commercials.

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET with reaction from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: “After saying she would not be in the business of creating jobs and admitting she would not have acted to save 22,000 jobs at CityCenter, Sharron Angle’s first television advertisement blatantly contradicts her own words," said DSCC Press Secretary Deirdre Murphy. "In reality, Sharron Angle subscribes to the same reckless economic playbook put forth by Republicans that brought our economy to its knees and led to massive job losses. Nevadans rejected this failed economic approach before and will do so again this fall.”

Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Patsy, Texas

    ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF ANGLE says "Senators NOT in the
    business of creating jobs"--why does she continue to bang the
    drum over job creation. IF SHE is elected to the Senate, you know
    her attitude about jobs for Nevada. Not her problem!
    WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DON'T YOU GET IT???????????????????

    July 9, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Pragmatic

    OK – obvious Reid is not a great choice: But ever hear of "out of the frying pan & into the fire?"

    Angle said "Senators are not in the business of creating jobs" ( she also called unemployed people "spoiled"! But she advocates massages for prisoners in jail ... duh .... )

    So either Reid failed at creating jobs or it wasn't his job in the first place! Make up your mind: can't have it both ways! Haven't heard of any Angle Plans for job creation ... easier to complain than to govern!

    July 9, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. AEK

    Again, so many Republican/Conservative critics of President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress, but NO solutions. The Republicans are willing to put a stop to anything and everything with the sole purpose of making the current administration look bad. They are willing to sacrifice any progress that could be made through a bipartisan effort for the chance that people will grow complacent or simply forget how badly the Bush team messed things up that they will get elected. We can only hope their callous strategy does not work.

    July 9, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Bob(Illinois)

    I don't think many poster (to this point) understand WHY we are in this mess, WHO got us to this point and HOW the current administration is getting us out of this mess.

    Folks, you REALLY need to pay attention to facts and stop listening to sound bites from the GOP.

    July 9, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. GI Joe


    Angle: As a senator, it's won't be my job to create jobs.

    But but but - it was Harry's job as a senator to create jobs

    She's a pathological liar, a brazen hypocrit, and certifiably insane.

    July 9, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Doc

    She wants to shut down the dep't of education. Why? Because "No Child Left Behind" was a GOP/Bush baby and it's a certified failure? Or is it so that certain states can refuse to actually educate children with science?
    On the NASA thing Obama was in a catch 22. If he kept NASA the Republicans would scream about spending millions throwing rocks at the moon.
    By the way Social Security is going under because the Republicans used it as a slush fund and threw IOUs in the till. Doing away with it now only means that you get to steal all the money that the working people put into it.

    July 9, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. knucklehead

    Vote out the bums!!!

    Elect more bums!!!

    July 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. petey

    I just can't wait for the November Obamanation Debacle – It is going to be a thing of beauty.

    July 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Ted

    Typical Repukelicans. OK maybe dems are partially responsible, but I seem to remember that we have a two party system. Certainly Bush/Cheney had a lot to do with how horrible the economy in Nevada is – it all started under their noses. But Nevada is all about gambling and that is just like the lottery – taxes on the stupid. Maybe Nevada and Texas can both secede together and we get a one two punch with getting rid of Sin City and George Bush.

    If the Repthugs want Sharron Angle, I hope you get her and very soon, you will determine the woman is an idiot and you will be pining for Harry Reid.

    July 9, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Aaaaaah, GOPer "logic." Harry Reid took over as Senate Majority Leader right after a gigantic economic collapse created by the last administration and yet somehow they find their way to claiming that he's responsible for the unemployment rate hitting 14%? Laughable. I'm tempted to claim that running such blatantly false, purposefully misinforming campaign ads does more damage to the nutjob running them than to the nutjob he or she is running against....but then I remember just how much most of Amurika glories in its abject ignorance.

    July 9, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Da Professor

    The GOP barfs again. It is a wonder that the right-wing extremist controlled Republicans have any "followers" left. Their NO campaign for the past year and a half has proven their total focus on being reelected BUT not taking care of business, and NOT offering any intelligent alternatives.

    July 9, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "between Reid and Obama's reckless spending & inept leadership the US Economy has tanked and unemployment skyrocketed."

    PoInt of order: Economists saw the economic disaster coming at least as early as 2007 and in most cases as early as 2006 AND the major blow-up occurred in September 2008, which is BEFORE Obama took the WH and Reid became Majority Leader.

    That's ok though. Open wide for more of Mamabird Limbaugh's political vomit...we know your brain is starved.

    July 9, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |

    I think reid are better get out

    July 9, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Mark Hudson

    I vote for Reid is a vote for all the policies Obama is trying to ram down the throats of the American public. Time for Reid to GO.

    July 9, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. oldtimer

    This man is a traitor too all Americans and especially to the people of Nevada that elected him. Please do the right thing and send him too the unemployment line come November.

    July 9, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. Liam

    Reid was great as a hyper crtic when the DNC was out of power but he can't lead. Reid and Obama in particular have shown great politcal skills but have absolutely been void when it comes to governace. They have driven off a cliff.

    July 9, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. roro

    And I suppose Reid is personally responsible for what happened during the Bush years? I thought Angle said creating jobs was not the job of the Congress. Is she going back on that as well? Of course, the fact that Nevada's entire work industry is based on casinos had nothing to do with any job losses? Right? It's all Harry's fault. What a looney!!

    July 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Randall in Torrance, CA - Sharron Angle said on TV that women are mandated by God to give birth even in cases of incest or rape!

    If you are a woman and you prefer to elect a woman to high ofiice who believes that all women must give birth to children that are a result of being raped or through incest and that this is God's will, then by all means let the raping and incest begin. This is the most insane thing ever uttered by any person ever running for office in U.S. history – bar none! This goes beyond all reasoning and any moral belief system on the planet ever practiced or conceived in the minds of men or women alike.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, MOTHERS can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, SISTERS can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, DAUGHTERS can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, WIVES can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, GRANDMOTHERS can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion.

    Under Sharron Angles' policy, ALL WOMEN and GIRLS can look forward to bearing children conceived during rape or incest without any other choice or chance or hope for discussion!


    What the hell is going on here America????? What the hell is anyone doing listening to this kind of sick logic in the first place??? How the hell did Sharron Angle get nominated for office????

    Sharron Angle must be stopped in her tracks NOW!! She is a sick person who has convinced her party that her twisted, sick, immoral ideas are the platform on which to unseat Harry Reid.

    She is a kook beyond all comprehension. Anyone following her is in a cult.

    I am a born again Christian and would never allow her rules or ideas to run my life or my families' lives. Good thing I don't attend her church because i'm afraid I would lose all self control and do something I would regret.

    Nowhere in the Bible does God say that a woman must give birth to a child conceived in rape or incest.

    July 9, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Jon

    Reid is not a fighter and rather he is a destroyer. Reid and DemocRats have destroyed our economy and jobs since they took over the congress in 2006. Obumma is also a destroyer and huge spender, because since January 2009 his administration's policies have destroyed our economy and jobs. We should "thank" them for a 10% unemployment rate, 3 trillion deficits for 2009-2010 financial years, 13 to 15 trillion national debts, and of course for the never-ending oil spill! Independents, please vote these men and democRats out!

    July 9, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. strong nation

    In 2012 when election days comes I promise this nation and anybody else, who trully is in a denial state, OBAMA will NOT BE RE-ELECTED ! and for Reid ? he will become an old miserable man with hatred in his heart, for the crap he pulled and he let happen. Its a shame to be fooled by unwise men, and yet it happens over and over again. People are in need of jobs and homes, not high taxes ans low incomes. Our government is so backwards, May God help us, because we need it !

    July 9, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. Discernment


    Nevada's unemployment is part of a national disaster that started in 2001 when the Bush/Cheney junta:

    – (a.) – took the nation's surplus left over from the Clinton years and squandered it on "tax cuts for the rich" just as the nation went to war in Afghanistan,

    – (b.) – sat on their thumbs and ignored the coming economic tsunami as millions of good paying jobs were shipped overseas for cheap slave labor.


    July 9, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    Harry will be the second Democratic Senate leader voted out of office in a row. America is apparently still not ready for progressive socialism.

    July 9, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. Jilli

    A question – what role does of local leadership play in job creation?

    I have long thought that those cities and states that failed to diversify their business base on local levels are the real failures in this economy. Isn't it the responsibility of local leadership to build a strong economic base with a diversity of businesses? Those locations that put all their eggs in one basket – in one economic base are the true failures. Laying this all at the feet of the federal government seems wrong – the local leaders are equally if not more at fault.

    July 9, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Sharon

    I live in Nevada, and all they can do is blame everyone but themselves. Every other state is recovering but ours. The reason is the idiots we routinely elect into office such as Gibbons and Ensign. Now, we've got this half-wit Angle in the running. We're the cause of our problems. The right wing conservative GOP here is the Al-Quaida of the west, stupid, judgmental and narrow-minded. Oh, and don't let me forget, blame, blame, blame, but taking no responsibility for their own actions.

    July 9, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. A keen observer

    Just what do you Teabaggers expect Reid to do about the economy? Remember the economy tanked during the Bush administration and Republicans are largely responsible for the Wall Street meltdown because of policies they implemented and support.

    July 9, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
1 2 3 4