September 10th, 2010
09:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Angle draws Ralston's ire after debate cancelation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Sharron Angle has drawn the ire of Nevada journalist Jon Ralston."]Washington (CNN) – Nevada's top political journalist lit into Republican Senate hopeful Sharron Angle on Thursday, saying that the Tea Party favorite had backed out of a planned debate.

Jon Ralston, host of "Face to Face," used Thursday's broadcast as a platform to air a grievance with Angle after a campaign spokesman canceled a debate that her deputy campaign manager had agreed to only hours before.

"Earlier today Sharron Angle's campaign agreed to accept our invitation to debate Harry Reid on 'Face to Face' in an hour-long live broadcast from Reno on October 21st. Within hours of Reid accepting, Angle's campaign called to say, well, its backing out now," Ralston said.

Ralston then played a clip of Angle on a previous episode of "Face to Face."

"What I would like to see is Harry Reid come into this studio with you and I and have a true debate," Angle says to Ralston in the taped clip.

Ralston continued to skewer the Angle campaign, saying he's "not making this up, folks."

"I thought I had seen it all in this campaign. I guess not. I had agreement from Angle's deputy campaign manager for this debate, but soon after we announced Reid had agreed to the date and place, her campaign spokesman called to say there was no agreement. I'm not making this up, folks. A campaign spokesman overrules a deputy campaign manager? I really don't understand the hierarchy in that campaign."

But Ralston wasn't done, later elaborating in a message posted on Twitter.

"Remember "Scanners" where people's heads exploded. That's how I feel right now. This is a Senate race, not a competition for h.s. president," Ralston wrote.

The two candidates are set to meet October 14 in a debate hosted by PBS host Mitch Fox.

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

    Reid going to wipe the floor with her

    September 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Adalbert

    Angle is not a conservative. The real old time conservatives are intelligent thoughtful people. She is an ignorant agitator with no constructive solutions to Nevada’s or the nations huge economic problems.

    September 10, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |

    Angle won't show up to the Oct debate either.

    It's in her best interest to keep her trap shut and pray she slides in.

    She said herself that she won't make any appearances unless there is fundraising involved for her. She is a clueless moron.

    September 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Mike

    It's not that the repugnant nominee is unwilling to debate Mr. Reid, but that she wants to make it clear that whatever she make say in the course of any depate, interview or speech may not be actually what she intended to say in response to the question as she understood it based on how it was heard rather than said with respect to what her policies may or may not be relative to her past and or current beliefs as she has clearly stated in the past at some time and she does not want the LIBERAL media twisting her words out of whatever context she believed them to be uttered in at that time.

    September 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Video Guy

    A fun debate would be Palin and President Obama. Of course the people who follow these tea baggers would only cry about the difficult questions.

    September 10, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. JD in Moraga, CA

    Is anyone really surprised? Hasn't this person made a career of avoiding open discussion / debate? It seems to me that the only thing she's been good for is delivering prepared Tea Party propaganda speeches and then running away.

    September 10, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Joe E.

    What a COWARD! We know why too! She couldn't debate Dan Quale's DOG on a good day and hope to score well. She's flaming out folks, like the clueless rock that she is!

    What now? Will you egg on the loons to go and apply your 2nd Amendment remedies on the media who report your missteps. Loser!

    September 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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