July 22nd, 2010
09:17 AM ET
11 years ago

At 'press conference,' Angle answers no questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/14/art.sharronangle.file6.gi.jpg caption ="Sharron Angle walked out of a campaign stop Wednesday without answering questions from reporters."](CNN) – Press-shy Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle walked out of a campaign stop Wednesday without answering questions from reporters, even after the event was billed by her campaign as a news conference.

Held at a Reno-area business, the event was promoted on the Angle campaign website as a "press conference" in which Angle was to publicly sign a "death tax repeal pledge."

But after delivering a short speech, Angle turned away and left the event without allowing reporters to ask questions. Local media outlets followed Angle out of the business and to a vehicle.

"She has to go, I am sorry," a man is heard saying as he escorted Angle. "We're running behind, I'm sorry."

Angle is battling to oust Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November election.

And avoiding the press has become a campaign issue in the Senate race. National Democrats quickly pointed to the event as another instance of Angle avoiding the media. Angle has said in the past that she believes she gains very little from conducting interviews with "mainstream media" outlets.

Since winning Nevada's GOP primary, Angle has often granted interviews with largely friendly conservative media outlets. But that is not so different from other political candidates who also, frequently, steer clear of potentially hostile interviews from journalists they deem unfriendly.

The Republican did grant an interview to David Brody of The Christian Broadcasting Network earlier this month in which she explained her media strategy.

"People say that I went 'dark.' I didn't," Angle said. "I have done over 60 interviews. I quit counting a couple of weeks ago. But the whole point of an interview is to use it like they say, 'earned media,' to earn something with it. And I'm not going to earn anything from people who are there to badger me and use my words to batter me with."

The candidate went on to explain how mainstream media interviews won't pay off for her campaign politically – or financially.

"Well I say I need a million people with $25 dollars and so that's really been the focus of using all that earned media to earn that $25 that we need to go really and be competitive in this race and so that's what we've been doing so we're not hiding,' she said.

Later, Angle asked this about "mainstream media" outlets: "Well, in that audience will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money?"

Angle has done at least one high-profile mainstream interview, with political journalist Jon Ralston's Face to Face program on KVBC in Las Vegas and KRNV in Reno.

Speaking with CNN after his Angle sit-down, Ralston criticized Angle's approach to the media.

When reminded that Angle is employing a tactic that is similar to other politicians, Ralston said: "Every time a politician goes on TV they certainly hope that it will help them rather than hurt them. ... But you rarely hear politicians so explicitly say, 'I go and do interviews so I can get money for my campaign.' I've never seen anyone say that."

As for Angle's opponent, Sen. Reid, Ralston said, "Does he avoid people he thinks are hostile? I would guess so. But he can't avoid everybody and he does do a press [conference] very frequently on Capitol Hill."

- CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Don

    This woman is an absolute nut case who needs to be admitted to a mental institution! If she wants to represent her state; then, she needs to be able to talk and listen to all those people in her state. We all can either agree to disagree or agree; dictators act like she's acting!

    July 22, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  2. BJ

    Isn't she tight with Palin? They have something in common. Neither one of them knows what they are talking about.

    July 22, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. politicker1

    That's because she's afraid it'll be a sarah palin/katie couric rerun.

    July 22, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    But yet she got a lot to say about what she's gonna do in the WH.... If these so-called tea party morons get over, this country is going to POT!!

    July 22, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    What a joke of a woman, representing a joke of a political "movement".

    July 22, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  6. Texas Doc

    The face of the new GOP. It is Rove in reverse..Permanent Democratic Majority, GOP = Party of Loons and fringe crack-pots. In ten years people will hardly remeber the GOP because of the hideous mistakes they have made, the Tea Party being numero uno.

    July 22, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  7. vwrtb

    Lol! Is this what republicans consider a candidate!

    July 22, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
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