September 25th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid supporters 'staged' brawl, Angle says

(CNN) - Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle says two of her opponent's supporters "staged" the brawl that erupted Thursday at a candidate forum attended by her and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"There were two women that were actually looking for a fight, trying to get that to be the top news story and they succeeded," Angle told national radio host Jerry Doyle on Friday. Audio of the exchange was posted online by well-known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.

Angle had attended the forum in person while Reid submitted his responses via video.

Related: Fight breaks out at Reid-Angle forum

Video and photos of the fight appear to show a man punching a woman in the head. News reports indicate the woman was attempting to walk out of the auditorium during Angle's closing remarks.

Reid's campaign seized the moment, saying Angle's remarks raise "serious questions about [her] character."

"Beyond her extreme and dangerous agenda for Nevada, Angle has said many things that cause reasonable people to literally question her sanity and whether or not Angle knows the difference between the pathological things that escape her mouth and objective reality - and this may take the cake," Reid's spokesman, Kelly Steele said in a statement.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released on September 15, the race between Reid and Angle is statistically deadlocked, with 42 percent of likely voters supporting Angle and 41 percent backing Reid.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. kd

    This woman is an idiot.

    There are so many nuts running on the conservative ticket this year. What the hell is going on??

    September 25, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Just another reason to question Angle's sanity. This was not staged and of course who did she blame for the staging! all these right wing nuts crazies need to be swept under the rug and out the doors in November!

    September 25, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Truth Teller

    Add Angle to the list of crazy republican woman, right behind Bachmann, O'Donnell, and Palin.

    September 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. dee

    It was the Dem Female's fault for hitting the guy in the hand with her head??

    Angle sure likes to twist and spin. (aka: LIE)

    September 25, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. cjr

    oh right- check it out a sharon thug hit a woman that supports reid, in tthe mean time it turns out that sharon has stated that she does not believe in maternity leave ans thinks that autism is not real- folkks in nv should think about it- if sharon wins the it means th nv has no status in congress – their jr. srnator is on his way to jail and sharon will have no influence because she has no credibility

    September 25, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Steve

    The privileged elites think its only their "Tea;Partiers"wingnuts are allowed to get uncivil and disruptive at rallies and debates–the media seems to think only the TeaPartiers are angry and only Dems are the ones to get angry at! Where's the investigative journalism and coverage for Republican Party's role in this conservative alter ego, founded and funded by Repug operatives.

    September 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. johnnyhouse

    I suppose we are suppose to overlook remarks made by Reid and focus on Angles remarks. Voters have overlooked too much now. Along with Pelosi he has set the country back to the stone age.We need to be careful who we grant so much power.

    September 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. NVa Native

    These Republicans are such wimps. Always claiming to be the vicitim no matter what the situation. Especially this blithering idiot. She is a disgrace to all the hard working women in politics/business.

    September 25, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. GI Joe

    She and a lot of other paranoid republlicans always blame the democrats. Vote out the corporatist GOP.

    September 25, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. America Shrugged

    These RW politicians whip these voters into this frenzy, then blame the other guy for scuffles during these town hall meetings. They talk about personal responsibility, and abbhor victimization, but here we are. What gets me is that I'm getting all kinds of mail from these RW campaigns, and I've never ever donated to their campaigns, ever logged onto any RW websites, and I get this mail saying they need republicans like me to support them with big $...LOL I just want Nov to get here so we're not pummeled with this garbage anymore.

    September 25, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Marge

    The more her mouth opens the more stupid she sounds. And these are the type of people the tea bags think COULD RUN AMERICA. Now you know what the tea bags, with the support of the billionaires think of YOU that you would be stupid enough to vote for people like Angle, Bachmann, Miller and O'Donnell...gee what a joke, and it is on the tea bags no less.

    September 25, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Rose

    I would not put it past Dirty Harry to stage something like this. He has overstayed his welcome in Washington, he needs to go. He plays dirty politics all the time. Closed door meetings, paying off Senators for their votes and constantly saying stupid things

    September 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |

    she will not serve a second term.........she will be voted in so Reid is voted out.......then Nevada will start over
    I think its a good plan
    we should do the same with Owebama

    her comments refelct her character? Reid, buddy, do you ever listen to your self talk?
    ok, i rest my case, you idiot

    September 25, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Granny Griper

    NUTCASE,NUTCASE, NUTCASE and this is what you want in your government,please LORD help us!!!

    September 25, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. jim

    Harry Reid has proven once again that he will do everthing possible to try to keep his seat in the US Senate.Power is a very corruptive thing !

    September 25, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. Jackalope

    She's a paranoid conspiracy theorist nut job. Give her a tin-foil hat.

    September 25, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. the real ib

    Reid will do anything; say anything whether it's the truth or not in order to get re-elected. I hope she wins he has run a disgraceful campaign.

    September 25, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Jon from Madison

    What a surprise. The peace loving liberals are actually the violent ones. Liberals always seem to pick fights, and then play the victim role when people don't back down. Your supporters are getting desperate, Reid.

    September 25, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. ronalde

    sharon angle is an idiot,shhe wants to privatize social security,get rid of the department of education, down size medicare,but she shows no way of doing so ,she presents no plan just talking points,in fact she has no idea of what she is talking about,she is listening to some one else who is telling her what to say,what an idiot.

    September 25, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. frizzy

    enough is enough! Quit this destructive behavior and get back to presenting the facts and honest, serious debate. Quit treating the voting public like idiots who can not see what you are doing. We are onto you and it will show as the votes are counted.

    September 25, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Jack

    These political stunts have been going for years. Would please explain your position on issues and ignore the side shows. If you don't I vote for you or the republicans.

    You guy & gals better start putting your act together!

    September 25, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Adalbert

    Angle is an incompetent right wing fanatic. She is not even remotely qualified to be to be a janitor in the senate. Her appeal is mostly to those who believe in fairy tales. Unfortunately, we have more than our share of ignorant people in this country. Many of them are dangerous right wing and religious fanatics with ideas from the middle ages with twisted and outdated views on just about everything.

    September 25, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Paul Minns

    It does not surprise me that Harry Reid would stag a fight and then blame Angle Harry Reid is a LIAR and dishonest person. He is only looking out for himself not the GREAT people of Nevada..

    September 25, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. beevee

    Sharron Angle comes across as stupid and dumb. Why does'nt she talk and debate on issues relevant to americans and people of her won state instead of this silly meaningless accusations. I hope she loses.

    September 25, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |

    She's a lieing wonder! A Republican-Tea Partier, who was a MAN, punched a woman in the FACE..... A woman!!
    I salivate for Nov. 2nd........Dems have been a bit disappointing, but the GOP, has nothing to offer.
    I will vote against the Republican-Tea Party.

    September 25, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |