July 20th, 2010
02:06 PM ET
11 years ago

New Angle ad says society 'fearful'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sharronangle.file6.gi.jpg caption ="Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is out with a new ad Tuesday."] (CNN) - A new ad by Sharron Angle highlights the nation's massive deficit and states that "government is the problem."

The television commercial, the second by Angle since she won last month's Republican Senate primary in Nevada, doesn't mention her opponent in November's midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"We have a fearful society right now. What they're afraid of is that what we're going to be passing down to our children is not liberty and freedom but debt and deficit," says Angle in the ad, speaking in front of an audience. "That's why you and I have an opportunity right now to change the direction of our country. Government is not the solution to the problem. Government is the problem. We the people are the solution."

Angle's campaign tells CNN it's spending $330,000 to run the commercial on television statewide over the next seven days. The campaign says they may release another TV ad later this week or next week.

Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. A former Nevada state lawmaker, Angle enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.

Her campaign's first ad of the general election, which aired on television earlier this month, criticized Reid over the state's 14 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation.

Reid faces a difficult re-election this year as he bids for a fifth term in office. But a Mason-Dixon poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal released Friday indicated that Reid led Angle 44 to 37 percent. The survey is the first one from Mason-Dixon in which Reid's lead has been outside the sampling error.

The new Angle ad appears to be part of a push by the campaign to portray Angle in a positive light, to fight back against a full court effort over the past month by the Reid campaign and national Democrats to portray Angle as out of the mainstream.

"We have been staffing up for over one month and we've also been building our war chest," said Angle said Monday night in an interview on the Fox Business Network.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. key

    Maybe her commercial can tell the people of NV that the great state of AZ has expected stimulus fund to help security at the boarder. I thought the GOP hated the stimulus fund.

    July 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Pat F

    Incumbent money, power and influence will always beat a challenger. I hope the people of Nevada refuse to be taken for granted, and vote for Angle!

    July 20, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Margaret

    Government is the problem she says, as she campaigns for her government job.

    July 20, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. adam

    don't be afraid, be very afraid

    July 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. nyctrc

    Fearful? I'm an American & a New Yorker. I'm not fearful.

    July 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Whatever

    So how would Angle propose we pay for anything? She failed to say that she has said that she wants to end SSI and Medicare. I'm sure my parents and grandmother would appreciate that move. NOT!!! Funny how in 8 years the republicans ran through a HUGE surplus and now "act" all "concerned" about the deficit and spending. WTH!!! You had your chance!!!!!! We barley survived it. NEVER AGAIN (I pray)!!!!!

    July 20, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. B.P. Oil Disaster Likened to Typical Sarah Palin Speech

    Fearful of idiots like her and Palin who we "refudiate".

    July 20, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Angie in Denver

    I am not a fearful person but I would not like to see any of these Tea Party Candidates making any real decision to guide this country.

    July 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    "We have a fearful society right now", is probably the only truthful thing to come out of Angle's mouth in many years.
    Angle knows what she is talking about because she and all the rest of the Repub politicians, and their propagandists (Fox & hate radio) are doing everything they can to promote fear and hate among their minions of smooth brained followers and it works on this small segment of weak and impressionable Americans called Republicans.

    July 20, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. rob

    "to fight back against a full court effort over the past month by the Reid campaign and national Democrats to portray Angle as out of the mainstream."

    The Dems and their friends in the liberal media will talk about anything accept Harry Reid's record. The Media will not discuss the horrible economy, Nevada's highest in the country unemployment rate, the foreclosure rates in the state, and the overall disaster created by Reid and the Democrats control of Congress since Jan 2007. Harry Reid's record must be the issue the voters in Nevada know about. Sharon Angle needs to pound on this record endlessly and not respond the baseless charges hurled at her by her opponents and parroted by the Liberal Media.

    The more the truth is revealed about Harry Reid's record the less likely he can get re-elected.

    July 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Yes it is...of her and the idiotic philosophy that "government is the problem". WHAT People are the solution? Billionaire elitists like Meg Whitman that want to purchase their own government?

    July 20, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Derrick

    If government is the problem, then why is Sharon Angle running for
    the U.S. Senate? She would be part of the governmental problem that she is making claims about.

    Sounds hypocritical to me.

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

    Sound familiar?

    July 20, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    Yes, we have a fearful society because of ignoramuses like angle and the AK quitter and bachman and beck and insanity and limberger and the people who really and truly think they are worthy of having a "news" show or being capable of running as politician.
    We already changed the direction of our country in 2008. We are climbing out of the hell hole the bush administration dug for us.
    We don't need right wing nutso lunatic conservatives to run our country.
    I dare you to "refudiate" that!!! the party of NO has NOBODY worth a lick of salt!

    July 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Tulsa

    Wow. No mention of how the last Democrat to be President left us with a SURPLUS and how the GOP ran us into the ditch. I guess that's not good manners to bring up.
    Let's not mention that since the President took over, the economy has gone from losing 700,000 jobs a month to gaining jobs. Not many, but GAINING. No thanks to the GOP... they've already stated that they WANT the COUNTRY to FAIL. But, the Pres has passed health care reform, Wall Street reform, Seated one Justice to the S.C. and will seat another soon. He handled the Gulf oil spill while juggling 2 wars he had left to him too. But let's not go there. Heck, if he did all that in 18 months, imagine what he could do in 4 years..... or 8.
    When my Dr. starts taking chickens for payment, things will be so much better.
    Oh, by the way, there's nothing like telling the country to be scared then complaining that the country is scared. That's the Republican way, FEAR and SMEAR.

    July 20, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Paul Ernest Show

    Where did these republicans go when George Bush was running the country on borrowed means? The Republican party has no integrity. They flip flop and distort facts. Suddenly, issues they have supported have now become issues they are fighting against, for political expediency. We are the fools and idiots who allow ourselves to be drawn into these kinds of hypocrisy and deception. We are not smart and wise enough to see who are fighting for us and who are embedded with corporations, protecting their special and narrow interests and forsaking the interests of all Americans.

    July 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. ramtruck2500

    Ya we will save you from deficites and then you can loose all your freedom like electing your own senators, limiting lobbyists, right into controlling what people do in their bedroom. Seriously I do fear for my kids but also my self! Of course I am part of the middle class and they eventually will get rid of us all and replace with lower wagwed illegals. Why even worry anymore Y they will take care of us wink-wink, nod-nod!

    July 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Terry in Iowa

    Yes, we the people are the solution and you know what… we the people are the government. It says so in our Constitution and that’s why I educate myself and vote.

    She is right about one thing though, I am fearful; fearful that ignorant, ideologues such as Ms. Angle could get elected. We don’t need more fear mongering; we need smart people working together to solve the problems that face this great nation.

    I don’t like the deficits or the debt. I didn’t like them under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton (even with a surplus budget, we still had an outrageous debt) or Bush II. But I also don’t like 12, 14 or 16% unemployment.

    Supply side economics; the belief that trickle down works is a myth and is the primary problem. For 30 years we’ve seen the rich suck as much wealth from the middle class as they hoard it, protect it and move jobs over seas. I don’t blame them, greed is a natural tendency, but just like our government, capitalism must have balance and that balance is our government … it is us. We the people must defend our Constitution “... in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” and selling out to big business would be exactly the same as selling out to The East India Company in 1776. The “Sons of Liberty”, through that little tea party in Boston to protest special interest and greed that corrupted commerce and created an unfair playing field and made it next to impossible for the average person to succeed.

    We the people can solve the problems; but it would be much easier if we didn’t listen to these ignorant ideological fools, such as Angle and her kind.

    July 20, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    Yea, really. What an idiot. She forgot to say that it was the Repub who
    screw up the future of our Country. Govermment is run by politicians with self interest like her.
    Govermment is not the problem, politician are the problem.

    July 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. Brook

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who can claim to be fearful of Tea Party whackos.

    July 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Eric

    This woman is an idiot, and no amount of spin is going to change the fact that her political views are regressive and inconsistent with a forward looking nation. She preys on the fears of the public, and offers no solution except "throw the bums out". That is not a way forward.

    July 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. MAhole

    "We have a fearful society right now. What they're afraid of is.........."

    Tea-tards like YOU Sharron.

    Nothing of substance. Where's YOUR plan???

    July 20, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Our society is only fearful because our corporate masters want it that way. Remember, the media can't tell you what to think, but they can tell you what to think about. Divide and conquer, consumerbots. Have a nice day!

    July 20, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wonder who constantly preached fear, whether it was terrorism, socialism, racism, etc etc etc???

    July 20, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. w l jones

    I can remember when we had people in charge !boy! were it bad! now we have government in charge and it is better for every body.

    July 20, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    as much as the Republicans thrive off of fear I can not see WHY she is complaining

    July 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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