July 13th, 2010
06:07 PM ET
13 years ago

Dems claim Angle 'wishes death upon her critics' after she criticized Bennett

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/13/art.angle.gi.jpg caption ="A war of words has erupted between Sharron Angle and the DNC."]Washington (CNN) - One day after Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle said that a Republican senator has "outlived his usefulness," Democrats on Tuesday are claiming Angle "thinks people who criticize her political positions should die." In response, her campaign is blasting that characterization of her remarks as "absurd."

"Outlived" and "die" are the latest entrants in an increasingly bitter war of words between Angle, her supporters - and her detractors. Both sides are throwing sharp verbal knives as Angle hopes to oust the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Democratic National Committee is responding to comments Angle made to Neil Cavuto of Fox News on Monday. In that interview, Angle was asked to respond to recent comments from Republican Sen. Robert Bennett.

On Friday, the Utah senator told the Associated Press that Angle would likely not beat Reid. Bennett also criticized the Tea Party movement, saying that it is "creating mischief" and is clueless of a clear strategy to govern the country. Bennett lost his re-election bid, at a state convention in May, partly at the hands of Tea Party activists.

Speaking with Cavuto, the Tea Party-backed Angle said of Bennett: "I'm glad to be lumped to a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe as they showed at the polls that Sen. Bennett has outlived his usefulness." Angle added, "I suppose he's not mainstream any longer. He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times."

The remark that Bennett "has outlived his usefulness" has now gotten a scathing response from national Democrats.

"While 'death panels' were nowhere to be found in the health insurance reform bill, it looks like Sarah Palin can find a one-woman version of one in Nevada where Sharron Angle thinks people who criticize her political positions should die," DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan said in a statement.

"Her sentiments are sick," Sevugan added, reiterating his party's claim that Angle "wishes death upon her critics."

Reid's campaign is seizing on the comments as well.

"This is yet another example of Sharron Angle's over-the-top rhetoric that underscores an agenda far too dangerous and extreme for Nevada," Reid Campaign Deputy Communications Director Zac Petkanas said in a statement. "Whether she's comparing Social Security to 'welfare', saying that Nevada's unemployed are 'spoiled' or suggesting 'Second Amendment remedies' are a reasonable reaction to defeat at the ballot box, our campaign will not shy away highlighting just how out-of-touch Sharron Angle is with Nevada's voters."

In response, Angle's campaign fired right back.

"We expected Harry Reid to be desperate–we didn't expect him to be totally absurd. When Reid wants to actually have a debate about his atrocious unemployment record and what he has done to destroy Nevada's economy, let's talk."

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

    The DNC is desparate as usual. They're grasping at anything to try and get votes. It's their MO.

    July 13, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. TonyInLargo

    Sharron Angle represents the worst that politics has to offer. Sometimes we have to taste what's bad to know what's good. I certainly believe that Sharron Angle shouldn't win because her comments on current issues reveal exactly the policies that she would pursue if elected. A slip of her tongue revealed that she wants to do away with Social Security, as we know it, to give it to Wall Street to manage (probably more like mismanage and pilfer).

    Her comments regarding the 2nd amendment are also disturbing and have been widely revealed and publicized.

    Now, it turns out that she seems to be inviting violence against those who oppose her. To those who may see her as tough, I can only say that she is really dumb and has no business in politics.

    Vote for her at your own risk and of hearing ridicule for those "who voted for her" when and if (God Forbid) she continues her blunders in office.

    July 13, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    If the Dems really think the phrase "outlived his usefulness" translates as "people who criticize [Angle's] political positions should die," they're even dumber than I thought they were.

    Your desperation is showing, Dems–at least try to go out with a little dignity.

    July 13, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I thought that the rethugs couldn't go any lower than the AK quitter and along comes this lunatic.
    If anyone has outlive her usefulness before she is even elected to any public office is this woman.
    She sounds and looks like somebody left the door open at the insane asylum and she escaped. That freaky smile makes me cringe.
    The rethugs and teabaggers wouldn't know a mainstream American if they bumped into them. This woman will not take questions. She always attacks Reid whenever she has nothing to say, which is almost always. She is constantly trying to change what she has already said including revamping her website with other lies.
    People in Nevada better wake up before it's too late.

    July 13, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  5. Mike W.

    The glorification of ignorance continues unabated in the republican party and the tea party crowd. All they have is trash talk, just like a six grade bully. I don't think they ever played sports, because they do not know how to lose.

    July 13, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Kate in San Antonio

    I think it's great that the Republicans have to pander to idiots like Angle and Palin. Great entertainment. My fear is the emergence of a rational Republican with true leadership qualities. No sign of that yet.

    July 13, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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