September 10th, 2010
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Angle draws Ralston's ire after debate cancelation

Sharron Angle has drawn the ire of Nevada journalist Jon Ralston.

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. Julie C

    Gee wiz, could it be that Angle knows she has no viable answers to anything of substance whatsoever? She can't even answer "pre-screened" questions intelligently let along deal with a debate. She simply knows she'd get her butt wiped by Reid and she's running scared. He may have his flaws, but dumb isn't one of them. Hope voters know what they are in for if they elect this extreme wingnut. Seems she'd be a very reactionary and irrational choice.....duh. Good decisions aren't made when they're based on anger.

    September 10, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Josh in Sacramento

    I feel sorry for voters in Nevada. I am not a big Reid fan, and if I had a choice between him and this MORON, I probably just wouldn't bother to vote, or maybe I'd try a third-party candidate.

    September 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. dj

    This woman is so dumb, she is afraid to have a debate on the issues that Americans care about. Like all Republican politicians, she spews trash with no specifics, and when given an opportunity to prove herself, she backs out. I guess she is worried that the American people will get to see who she really is. Her true colors.

    Republicans in power! That will make even god cry. It will be the end of American influence/dominance in the world. Let's see if the American people are just as dumb to put these extremist folks in charge. If they do, then they can only blame themselves for the demise of this once great country.


    September 10, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. kyle from ohio

    And the polls indicate Harry Reid with a 46-44 % lead, Your polls of 1005 people are not getting a real flavor of the people, but you should already know that. So in the primary tell the tale of the big bad goverment (Social Security, Dept of ED, etc...) Now do not let them quote you in the General. Is that the game plan to get us the complete citizenship in a better place as a country or is that just a better place for the Country First crowd the only true American due tell.

    September 10, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. USA 1

    She is pretty smart – she knows that once she opens her mouth and starts talking the public will figure out what an idiot she is and vote for Reid.

    September 10, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Diane

    Maybe John Boehner told her to say "no".
    If John Boehner says no, then all republicans must say no.
    They do not cross him!
    Whatever he says goes!
    Right Sharron?

    September 10, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Lies, fear, hate, division are NOT a plan for success in the U.S.A.

    They ARE a plan for further degradation and failure.

    Wake up, people.

    September 10, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Marco

    Gee what a surprise!!! Did you honestly expect her to showup? Just like the rest of the republican party, she has nothing to say, no plans, just a lot of hot air! Go Reid!!!!

    September 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Did you expect any less?

    That's because this idiot Angle has to figure out how to choose her words wisely before answering...that's what she recently did, she went back and polished up her speaking skills to find ways to twist her words to make it sound convincing...these right wing nut jobs are seriously just that...NUT JOBS!!! god help us if these idiots get into office!

    September 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Whatever

    Running scared!!!!!! Gosh do the debates! They are all running from the debates and knowing they will have to answer for their true feelings about the how they want to run things. Will she win?! Hopefully NOT but people just voting will get just what they didn't ask for – – ALL candidates should debate and answer questions so voters can really see what is going on. Hmmmm

    September 10, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Djinn

    Angle knows she suffers from the Palin syndrome: the inability to process information that does not exist in her mainframe resulting in looking flat-out stupid. No known cure so one must run from live interviews.

    September 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Joseph

    GOP/TeaParty nuts make the rules as they go along. How they can get any votes from sane Americans is beyond me. Nuts like Angle, Rand Paul and the Delaware nut case are proof that the GOP has let the frothing at the mouth nuts take over.

    September 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Alan J

    She saw a Jan Brewer repeat in her future and said "oh hell no I won't go!" This woman is laughable and a joke. i can't believe Nevada is still even listening to this windbag!

    September 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    OK, Nevada, what is Sharron Angle afraid of? Is she afraid that in an open debate she will show herself to not even be the intellectual equal of Sarah the Quitter? And this is the person that the Republicans want to represent them in the Senate? Someone who is afraid of debating the issues because it will show how shallow her depth of understanding those same issues is? Harry Reid may have the personality of an Armadillo, but at least he is not afraid to speak in open forums!

    September 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. RickRude

    Extreme facist wont debate huh? No surprise here oh i guess she's too good to make her case. Go on and concede ma'am your political career is over.

    September 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Me

    Many of you may be asking yourselves, "Why did she back out? What purpose does she have in not debating Harry Reid"
    I'll tell you why. The problem is (and this is the same problem with ALL Tea Party and GOP candidates) they have no plan to move this country forward and they have no new ideas.
    They are good at complaining, stoking your fears and capitalizing on your despair, but when it comes to helping people...THEY GOT NOTHIN'. It's not in their DNA.

    September 10, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. Funny

    As somebody not living in Nevada and a real independent I must say that woman is an Idiot. No guts just words. Reid might be flawed as well, but at least he is willing to debate. Angel pick up your body Brewer in AZ and keep going South..... Maybe Mexico needs politicans like you two clowns. Sorry Mexico for insulting you.

    September 10, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She's running scared. She can't debate her radical views. If she does, she'll look even more crazier to voters than they think. She doesn't have one leg to stand on.

    September 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. yokayoka

    You can run and take any angle you want, you can even try to hide but you will be smoked out. She is the masquerader of the the season.

    September 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Angle in 2010

    No matter how upset Ralston gets because of the cancelation, Angle is better than Reid. Reid has been KILLING our nations economy since he got into office–and made it much worse since 2006–WHEN DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER CONGRESS.

    Four biggest causes of our economic woes: 1) Bill Clinton's low income house bill that forced banks to make bad lows, 2) Barney Frank and Chris Dodd's lack of oversight, quasi-government agencies Fannie and Freddie (and the corruption that links directly to democrats) and 4) a democratic run Congress since 2006

    September 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Connecticutian

    News Flash: Ralston, you're a talking head; you comment on the news, you don't make it. Stop crying about the hit to your ratings, and let the adults work this out.

    September 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. JoeyTX

    What else would you expect from an empty head. I hope Nevadans are smart enough to see through this skeleton. This is about leadership in this country and if she can't even keep her word in a simple debate, what makes you think she will serve the best interest of her constituents or the country for that matter?

    September 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. June in Chicago

    She couln't take the heat so she stayed out of the kitchen. Typical of a person who actually has nothing to say – or who is so out of touch what she would have said would have buried her . . . Let's hope this woman never gets to Washington. We need folks there who can stand the heat!

    September 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Merton Patterson

    A debate is no place for someone like Ms. Angle, who can't think & articulate on her feet.

    September 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Dem77

    Of course she backed out. That idiot has nothing constructive to say, and would not be able to answer to the radical ideas she has put forth previously. Harry Reid should have this one in the bag.

    September 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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