July 16th, 2010
02:26 PM ET
12 years ago

New ad criticizing Reid to air in Nevada

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/16/art.antireidad.0716.americancrossroads.jpg caption ="The conservative organization American Crossroads is out Friday with a new ad criticizing Harry Reid."](CNN) – A new television ad targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting airwaves Friday, arguing that the senior Democrat has done little to reduce his state's sky high unemployment.

Titled "Really Reprise," the 30-second spot comes courtesy of American Crossroads, an independent conservative organization formed earlier this year.

"It's bad enough that Nevada has the highest unemployment in the nation," the ad's narrator says. "And Harry Reid claims to be helping the job situation. Really Harry?"

American Crossroads says it is spending $120,000 on the initial ad buy, and that the spot will air statewide.

It's not the group's first foray into the Nevada race. The group released two ads in June, including one that criticizes Reid for his part in passing last year's federal stimulus plan.

But in a twist, the new ad actually criticizes Reid for failing to secure stimulus funds for Nevada.

"Nevada ranked fiftieth in the money received from Harry's stimulus bill," the narrator says. "That's right; Senate leader Harry Reid has gotten his own state less help than every other state but one."

Reid is locked in a tight battle with Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle for the seat.

A Mason-Dixon poll released Friday shows Reid ahead of Angle, 44 to 37 percent. The poll is the first Mason-Dixon survey in which Reid's lead has been outside the sampling error of plus or minus 4 percent.

UPDATE: In a statement to CNN, the Reid campaign pushed back against the ad's allegations.

"The central criticism of the ad, that Sen. Reid has not done enough to create jobs through the Recovery Act in Nevada's tough economic times, is patently false," the Reid campaign said in a statement.

"Thanks to Sen. Reid's work and Nevada's limitless potential for clean energy technology, we've brought hundreds of millions of Recovery Act dollars to Nevada, and created thousands of jobs."


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Sharron Angle
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. hobart

    Sorry Republicans, but Nevada's job loss is your fault, and more the fault of your own Republican governor, Jim Gibbons.

    July 16, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. David

    If Nevada votes this crook back in then they get what they deserve.

    July 16, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. thor

    If the good folks out in the state of Nevada want to keep Nevada like it is now than Harry's your guy.However, if you're sick of the way things are you need to get off your backside and do something about it !!!!!

    July 16, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Sharron

    Harry Reid is considered BRILLANT compaired to Angle.....she is a wacko from outer space.....this woman doesn't have enough brains to come in out of the rain......come on people don't believe the crap these conservative groups are trying to push down your thoats......If you put Angle in office you will suffer worse than what you all ready are.....you will regret it later if this woman is elected as your Senator for your State....Angle will surely be the kiss of Death for Nevada

    July 16, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. T

    The ad is nothing......people in NV likes Harry and respect him. Saying that he has done alot of his State. NV is not crazy they know what is happening in their state and will not let me repeat WILL NOT
    vote for Angle who said the bringing jobs to the state in not her JOB>

    July 16, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. gt

    its a long way to november..,,,,, harry has devasted this country....but dirty harry is a weasel ...

    July 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. get real

    That may be true, but Sharron Angle has specfically said creating jobs wouldn't be her responsibility IF she became senator. She also called all unemployed Americans lazy and entitled. So, this ad isn't gonna help her much.

    So sorry, Harry Reid may not be the best, but Sharron Angle is making him look better and better ever single time she opens her yap.

    July 16, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Moss

    Nevada has the highest unemployment in the nation – unreal Harry is horrendous and is you voted for him and don't have buyers remorse you have issues.

    July 16, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    The same goes for you Harry, "You Are Fired!"

    I do not care about what party you belong to! "we the people got screwed again this time we need to make all of them pay with their jobs.

    Guess what "You Are Fired!"

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    They let the American people lose their jobs, their life's savings and their retirement. And then made the American people pay to bailout the ones who were responsible for the crime.
    All while supporting the special interests, lobbyists, Big business and the wealthy.

    You know what congress welcome to the ranks of the unemployed

    July 16, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. tcaros

    I'm a democrat and I hope Reid gets the boot.

    His ingoring our laws while on the Intelligence Oversight Committee makes him a lying coward.

    July 16, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. welches, oregon

    how come every state with a GOP running against a Dem seems to "have the highest unemployment in the country".

    July 16, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jim

    Does it seem to anyone else that getting elected is less about your own qualifications, and more about how much mud you can sling these days than ever before? How about we see some ads talking about how you can help your state, and the country? I have seen nothing from any candidate, regardless of party affiliation...

    July 16, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Which is Really Interesting Since Their Tea Pary Darling Ms. Angel . . .

    Said it wasn't a senator's job to help with unemployment and she would have let the MGM project go bankrupt.

    No hypocrisy there.

    July 16, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. bluej

    really the country knows that nevadas problem has to do with relying on the service industry ie resorts and gambling and the desposible income connected to that buisness. would some of u koolaid drinking teabaggers like to explain how a senator is supposed to change the state of disposable income going into nevada? and while your at it plz get that loonie runnin for your party to explain the 2nd amendment solution she was talking about. does that mean my 2nd amendment rights allow me to shoot those that dissagree with me? ill be waiting....

    July 16, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. American Crossroads was Started BY Bush's Main Man, and Fox hero Karl Rove . . .

    Why don't you report that, CNN? Seriously, you are supposed to be journalists, not water carriers.
    Calling them just another conservative money group doesn't give the full picture that the founders of this organization are former BUSH cronies.

    July 16, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Nellie Bly, Minneapolis, MN

    So it's Harry Reid's job to bring jobs to Nevada? Well, then, Nevadans had better re-elect him because Sharron Angle, his opponent, doesn't think that's what a Senator does.

    July 16, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. gt

    harry reid... reminds me of the cheech and chong character,,, harry palms....

    July 16, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    So first they attack Reid for helping pass the stimulus bill, then they attack him because Nevada didn't get enough stimulus money. That's like the joke about the little old ladies in the deli. One says "The food is terrible here," to which the other replies "Yes, and such small portions."

    July 16, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Lu

    Isn't the Tea Party against the stimulus claiming it's another big government act increasing the deficit? Now they're for it. Hmmm ... would you entrust your government to hypocrites like this? Not.

    July 16, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. rob

    Seems to me the ad is stating facts and not lying about him like he is in his ads. Look for some really dirty stuff from Reid's campaign as we get closer to election.

    Harry Reid is the most partisan, wrong headed politician ever to hold the Senate leadership position. He needs to go. It would be a huge message sent to the idiotic hyper partisan liberals in this country.

    Nov. 2, can't come fast enough.

    July 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Danny Cali

    I don't see nothing wrong with Harry Reid, I think your Republican Governor is the one make your State Lose your jobs.

    July 16, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. sam

    And yet his opponent Sharon Angle has stated that jobs in her state would not be her concern if elected.

    July 16, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Give me an R!

    Come on Nevada, Reid stinks. What has he done for Nevada or the nation besides become a rubber stamp for Obama's crazy-bad policies.

    Just vote the bum out and see how much better things are in Nevada.

    July 16, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. rob

    "Thanks to Sen. Reid's work and Nevada's limitless potential for clean energy technology, we've brought hundreds of millions of Recovery Act dollars to Nevada, and created thousands of jobs."

    They didn't address the fact that Nevada was 50th in Stimulus funds received, and I'd like to see the proof that the funds created "Thousands of jobs".

    July 16, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Bubba

    So first they hate on him for passing the stimulus and then they hate on him for not misappropriating it? Just go on and make a commercial saying "We Hate Reid So Much We Are Irrational," ok?

    July 16, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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