August 3rd, 2010
03:40 PM ET
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Angle wants journalists 'to ask the questions we want to answer'

Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle told Fox News that she prefers to talk to journalists who 'ask the questions we want to answer'.

Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle told Fox News that she prefers to talk to journalists who 'ask the questions we want to answer'.

Washington (CNN) - It's what all political candidates probably want but few will actually admit: if they could control the press, they would. But Sharron Angle is openly saying that she prefers talking to journalists that "ask the questions we want to answer," prompting one conservative publication to ask, "Did she just say that out loud?"

The criticism is in response to comments that the Republican Nevada Senate candidate made in an interview that aired on Sunday. Angle hopes to oust the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an increasingly brutal race. A fresh poll shows Reid with a slim lead.

On Fox News, Angle was asked about her defensive posture towards the press. She recently explained why she routinely refuses to do mainstream media interviews.

"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said in the Sunday interview that, Angle's campaign said, was done shortly after the June 8 Nevada GOP primary.

The interviewer then asked if Angle was being "naïve."

As part of her response, Angle said: "We wanted them [the press] to ask the questions we want to answer. So that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

Angle went on to say she would like to use the media to raise campaign funds.

The conservative National Review's website put up a post with a headline blaring, "Did She Just Say That Out Loud?"

Others have questioned why a political candidate, even one as outspoken as Angle, would seem to suggest she'd prefer to manipulate the media.

Jon Ralston, well known Nevada political journalist, called Angle's comments "pretty astounding."

"All politicians want to answer the questions they want to answer," he told CNN. But Ralston said, "It is, at best, naïve."

Angle's campaign explained the comments to CNN.

"Nevada is in a state of despair and voters need a candidate that is going to focus on the issues that effect everyday lives like sky-rocketing unemployment and reckless government spending. Sharron was simply stating that we need to focus on solutions for those key issues, not 'gotcha' moments like Harry Reid wants to distract people with," Communications Director Jarrod Agen said in a statement.

Reid's campaign obviously disagrees.

"Sharron Angle is clearly starting to see that her positions on killing Social Security, eliminating the Education Department, and bringing nuclear waste to Nevada are quickly being rejected by Nevada voters," Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summer said in a statement.

Angle's campaign denies it wants to "kill" Social Security. The candidate has publicly said that she advocates a transition to personalized accounts as a way to salvage a broken Social Security system. As for the Education Department, the campaign has previously called it "unconstitutional" and blasted its "one-size-fits-all policy and programs that fit no one."

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soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. jake1969

    The only way Reid has a prayer for reelection is Angle! She's a nut! Very simplistic and a very shallow understanding of policy. Consistently talks out of both sides of her mouth on Social Security and Medicare.

    How in the world did Nevada choose her over Lowden?? Lowden would have been a virtual lock to beat Reid.

    Tea Party, I wanted to be open to you all. I lean libertarian on quite a few issues, such as the Drug War. Regulation is far preferrable to prohibition. Ron Paul's been a great voice on that issue. However, his son's more worried about BP being beaten up and the Civil Rights act. Then Angle, Scott in Florida, etc. These are NOT candidates I envisioned for the Tea Party. Proof the Tea Party is really a right wing neo-con front.

    August 3, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Alan

    Reid will win. A neophyte far-right politician like Angel is simply no match against the powerful veteran Washington insider. Ironically, the worst enemy of Angel is herself.

    August 3, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Bob, Virginia

    "Right" Angle must really not want to be elected Senator. What a strange nutbag she is.

    August 3, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |

    She said the right thing and at the right place__Fox News.

    August 3, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Dan

    One of the biggest clowns in the campaign races this year... Hilarious to see her ignore, and even in some cases, run away from the press to avoid answering questions... If you don't like the press, why run for office? It's called public office for a reason: the public is entitled to know what you stand for and believe in.

    The biggest coward I've seen in my many years of political viewing... It'll be a tragedy if this imbecile is voted in...

    August 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. AJ

    What an ignorant thing to say but very typical of teabaggers. The press is there to ask questions that need to be answered, not to be the "friend" of the candidate.

    August 3, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Michael

    Are all republicans against freedom of speech? If they asked only the questions republicans wanted to answer how is that free speech? This is the dumbest idea, oh no wait. The dumbest idea was McCain selecting Palin.

    August 3, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. KatieDid

    You've got to be kidding?

    These people are getting funnier and funnier everyday. Or should I say, scarier and scarier?

    August 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Marcus

    "We wanted them [the press] to ask the questions we want to answer. So that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

    Ehrr, sorry ma'am, but the 'press' has the right to ask you all the questions that they want to. If you feel like a reporter (or more) is trying to distort your answers and statements, then forbid the guy/gal to ask you any question anymore (not very popular among journalists but in SOME cases justifiable), otherwise...

    August 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    The only place we in NV are going to send this fruit cake Angle is home. Her views on everything are so far out of the mainstream that they're probably even too far right for the Tea Baggers. After all, she wants to get rid if social security and Medicare, how many Tea Baggers are for that?

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Massachusetts Independent

    Reid claims Angle is going to kill social security; it will be the first time in our nation;s history that a single senator wielded so much power on such a thir rail issue -- Nonsensical Harry and way over the top. On the other hand, Reid has done a tremendous amount of damage to our economy during his tenure, and it is time for a change at the top of the Democratic Party in the Senate

    August 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Lynn

    She just wants to manipulate the facts. Typical Republican, that's easier than telling the truth about what the public wants to hear, not just the good, but the bad.

    August 3, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Steve

    My question is if she's unwilling to answer probing questions from the "unfriendly" media, or as the rest of the world likes to call them, nonpartisan and objective, will she continue to only answer questions from the media and media organizations that will not ask her the tough questions? Unfortunately, the constituents are the ones that will suffer when they are only receiving information that she wants communicated and how she wants it communicated. This reminds me of another type of "government's" aproach to communication and yeah. Communism.

    August 3, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Doug

    Sounds as if Fox found it's perfect canidiate.

    August 3, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. witch56

    And this what planet does she live on? She needs to live in the real world not candyland!

    August 3, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Rosslaw

    I would have sworn that Angles' idea about bringing nuclear waste to Nevada would be a sure winner. Oh well, it's a fickle electorate. Now, while the Republithugs are considering changing the 14th amendment in order to expel children born in the good 'ol US of A who do not have the outstanding lineage of, let's say, Sharron Angle, maybe they can change that pesky 'ol First Amendment as well to accommodate the fresh thinking of Sharron Angle on the press' proper fund raising role in American society.

    August 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. David

    nut case. she goes well with the GOP party and what they can become looks greater than ever. Thank you Sharron and Sarah for your contribution to the GOP party.

    August 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Bobbie in Maryland

    Why not???? All the right wing wants to do is CONTROL THE NEWS!
    Told ya so.....

    August 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Liz the First

    What universe does this bat-crap crazy live in??? oh, excuse me, i'm sorry. all she has to do is go on Fux Noise and they'll accommodate her. of course, someday between now and November she'll have to talk to real news organizations. and eventually she'll have to stand there and talk to them instead of running away. and then hopefully, the voters of Nevada, even the rethug base, will realize how nutso she is and will support Harry Reid, the person who is working FOR

    August 3, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Sam

    Being from Nevada I have the choice to vote for either Reid or for Angle.
    This is a hard choice but, when Angle says she won't do mainstream media, how is she supposed to answer the questions from the media?
    She's not making much sense.


    August 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  21. LMC

    I bet everyone would like the news reported the way they want That's not reporting though, that's fiction.

    August 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. jake1969

    On Social Security and personal accounts. Anyone out there have a pension vs. a 401? That's the best analogy. Social security as is tells you you are guaranteed to have a paycheck of a certain amount coming to you until you die. Kind of like a pension plan - X% of salary until you die, whether you live to 68 or to 98. 401s are a fixed pot of money. If you live too long and it runs out, you have NO money.

    Same thing would happen under "personal" accounts. SS would become a limited, fixed pot of money for you when you retire.

    Given most of us in Generation X and after (ie, those of us say 45 and under) are already on 401s instead of pensions (businesses realizing pensions cost more), it would be nice to have some guarantee of funds until we die. If Social Security gets "personalized", when you retire you're gonna have 2 small pots of money! Don't live too long...

    Don't by the conservative's BS sell of "you have power over your own account!" It means less for you, period. If the Boomers got their fat pensions and guaranteed SS, then us younger generations need to stand up and protect our own. Sharron wants her generation to get SS entitlements, but wants us young folk stuck with a piggy bank.

    August 3, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. trex

    We are thinking this too far. If Angle wins, they rest of the country will have a large area the nuts in the gop and in the tea party, and all the morons on fox (faux) news can then call home. I think it would be pretty easy to remove just one star on the flag, don't you?

    August 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Alan

    Positions of Angle (from the wiki)

    * Abolish the department of education
    * USA pull out of UN
    * Phase out social security and medicare


    August 3, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Looks like the Repubs have their own Alvin Green

    August 3, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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