October 19th, 2010
08:51 AM ET
12 years ago

Angle in hot water for 'Asian' comment

(CNN) – A spokesman for Senate nominee Sharron Angle is downplaying the Nevada Republican's remarks to a group of Hispanic school children Monday during which she proclaimed, "Some of you look a little more Asian to me."

"Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot, and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look," Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Angle, told CNN.

The comments, video of which was posted by the Las Vegas Sun, came in response to a student's question asking the GOP Senate candidate why her television ads appear to portray all illegal immigrants as Latino.

"I think that you're misinterpreting those commercials. I'm not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that our northern border is where the terrorists came through," said Angle in response.

The Tea Party-backed candidate, who is dead even in the polls with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, continued, "I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that."

Making up a quarter of Nevada's population, Hispanic voters are expected to play a crucial role in the Senate race and constitute a demographic that Reid has heavily targeted by touting his efforts at immigration reform in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Angle has hit hard at the issue of illegal immigration, running several ads that portray Reid and Senate Democrats as too weak on the issue.

Angle took down a recent ad that featured a photo of three Mexican men with the words "Illegal Aliens" scrawled below after the image's photographer came forward to say the three men were not illegal aliens but instead were photographed in Mexico.

Full statement Angle campaign spokesman Jarrod Agen:

"This is a low blow from Harry Reid. Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look. When she was in the legislature, a reporter mistakenly referred to Sharron as being of Asian decent. Again, making the point to the students that you can't judge people based on first glance.

"Harry Reid on the other hand says that Hispanics should not get to choose which party they are in. He doesn't think Hispanics should be allowed to be Republicans. Harry is desperate, he's losing, and he's trying to play racial politics.

"Sharron has said several times before that illegal immigration is not about race, it is about the rule of law in this country. It would be a misinterpretation to think that one group of people should be singled out. The issue is that we must stop illegal immigration by securing our borders, both northern and southern, and by enforcing our immigration laws. Harry Reid does not want to end illegal immigration, he is pro-amnesty, he is against the border fence, and he voted to give social security benefits to illegal immigrants

"Just about every week Harry Reid tries to pull Sharron's comments out of context and attack her, but she's steadily been gaining support and we have pulled ahead as we enter early voting. Harry's going to lose in two weeks, he knows it, and he'll do anything in the coming days to cause controversy."

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. David

    Nevada, the rest of the country will officially lose all respect for you if you vote for this colossal fool.

    October 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. capnmike

    Why would anybody find this offensive? We all have differebnt racial characteristics...what are we, just a bunch of liars? Orientals look different from Latinos who look different from blacks who look different from nordics...SO WHAT!

    October 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Dennis

    Yes, we are a melting pot and YOU are evident of that. We even allow crazies in.

    October 19, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Don Peterson

    I love this headline: "Angle in Hot Water..." Really? Watch the video. The commentators admit that this gaff of Angle's has not affected her in her own state. So, who's "hot water" is she in? The media's! We all know Palin is a poor public speaker, prone to the occasional non-sequitur. But attributing Palin-esque short-comings to every republican woman candidate is like saying all democrats are bleeding-heart liberals. I love how Begala laughs at a candidate's short-comings. Wasn't he Clinton's advisor?

    October 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. kmp

    Give me a break they know how bad this sounds she isn't making any type of illusions that this is a melting pot. She is a racist plain and simple.

    October 19, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. tp1776

    SPIN!!! "Sharron is making the point that this country is a melting pot, and you cannot judge people based on stereotypes or the way they look," SPIN!!! I love how they got the phrase "melting pot" into the cya statement. and "stereotypes"??? have you seen her campaign ads? SPIN!!!

    October 19, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. rob

    Thats great, Paul Begala and Anderson Cooper try to "make sense of Angle's latest gaffe", no there is a couple of disinterested parties.

    Despite the fact that no one watches Anderson Cooper on CNN based on his dismal ratings, it won't stop him from EXPOSING GAFFES from Sharron Angle. Where is the run down of all the babling incoherent statements that Harry Reid makes. She cleaned his clock in the debate, he EXPOSED himself as the bafoon that he is.

    Two weeks to go until Harry Reid gets his pink slip from the people of Nevada.

    October 19, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Mary

    The headlines of this article misrepresent the context in which she made her comment. Read the article details – then form an opinion of what she said and why and to whom.

    October 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. Leo

    I am half Asian, quarter Indian (from India) and a quarter Scott-Irish. I used to go into mexican restaraunts and THEY would speak to me in Spanish. Hell, Native Americans probably have Asian descent, so when spaniards mated with Indians back in the day, THEY STILL HAVE ASIAN DESCENT IN THEM!!

    Seriously, I have sympathy sometimes when a clueless white person doesn't know what to call me. Hell, I don't know sometimes. I'm basically southern American if you weren't looking at me.

    October 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Debbie from Arizona

    This woman is such a flake. Keep up the good work, maybe you'll manage to get the Latino Community out in force for the election.

    October 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    and just WHAT kind of hot water is she in? No matter what she says or how asinine it might be is not going to stop her blind followers from throwing money at her and trying to get her into Congress. This just shows how far backward as a country we have become.

    October 19, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Seriously?

    Kind of like when Harry Reid said Obama could speak, "With no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."? Whatever....

    October 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. sharon

    going by looks............................not a good or wise way.

    October 19, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Bill from GA

    Some Mexicans do look more like Asians. Probably those with less Native blood and more European.

    However, for Angle to attack Harry Reid and the Dems for illegal immigration, when Bush and the repugs did nothing for years while their business owner and farmer buddies made zillions off the cheap labor, well, Angle is either a hypocrite or an idiot, or both.

    (Bush did one thing against illegal immigration, he destroyed the economy, sending Mexicans home for lack of work)

    October 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. AmFem

    NEVADA!!! How is it possible that this nut has a chance of becoming your senator?!?!?!? You may have to hold your nose when voting for Harry Reid, but think about the repercussions of voting for this extrimist. Harry is the better choice!

    October 19, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. The Clear-Thinking Independent

    This is why you don`t give people [in the case of AZ,cops] the authority to stop, detain, question, and harass people, whom they suspect are not Americans. Its all about that persons bias regarding what someone looks like.

    If Ms. Aingle wants to reduce illegal immigrants then she can WALK the TALK by supporting laws that lock up business owners, executives, and managers ... most of whom are still older white males ... when THEY HIRE illegals.

    Mouthing off about the "illegals" is simply blowing the dog whistle for voters that harbor bias against those who look differently.

    October 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. F Daniel Gray

    Whadaya know. Even an extremely misguided person can make an astute observation. She also could have said they look "white" or "black." which, of course they do. The American based latino population is the most diverse and they recognize it. Look at the grand mural in the anthropological museum in Mexico City. History: The First Nations (the Canadian designation) people came to this continent over the land bridge from "Asia" to "Alaska" and populated the entire continent all the way down to Tierra del fuego. When the "white" Europeans came, mostly men, they produced families with the women of the indigenous population. And further extended that mix with the kidnapped African slaves. It's interesting how the question of "race" surfaces. Yet few wish to examine it objectively, so we wind up with ridiculous discussions which overlook that we are all the same and one.

    October 19, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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