October 22nd, 2010
08:41 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid says he doesn't need to prove his manhood

(CNN) – In a Senate race that has devolved into a bravado competition of sorts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he doesn't have to prove his manhood.

"People in Nevada know me. From the street to the ring to the Senate chambers, I've never had to prove my manhood to anyone," Reid, a one-time boxer, told MSNBC on Thursday.

The comments come in response to repeated jabs from Republican opponent Sharron Angle, who often says Reid needs to "man up" when it comes to dealing with issues like the economy and Social Security.

Angle first debuted her "man up" line of attack at a Nevada debate last week and has since repeated the mantra against the soft-spoken 70-year-old senator ever since.

At a campaign stop in Las Vegas on Thursday, Angle said, "He needs to take some responsibility. He says it is not his fault on the economy. Man up, Harry Reid. He says there is no problem with Social Security. Man up, Harry Reid. He says this war is lost and your general is dishonest. You owe us an apology. Man up, Harry Reid."

But in his interview with MSNBC, Reid suggested it is in fact Angle who has shown a lack of machismo in her dealings with the media.

"For this woman… she doesn't do interviews," said Reid. "She spends most of the time in her bunker. I don't know if it’s [Dick] Cheney's bunker. But it's some kind of bunker someplace. "

"She is extreme, she is dangerous, and embarrassing to the state of Nevada," the Senate's senior Democrat added.

Recent polls show Reid and Angle are locked in a dead heat.

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

    Before he became a senator, Harry Reid:

    – Tried over 100 cases in cour
    – Made some good real estate investments
    – Started from very humble beginnings, pulled himself up by his bootstraps, and became a wealthy man.

    THEN he became a senator. He made his money the old-fashioned way: He EARNED it.

    He has worked tirelessly for the people of Nevada and for our country.

    And he's absolutely right when he says he doesn't have to prove his manhood.

    I'd say that was proven a long time ago.

    October 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. John

    Sharron Angle you are till UNQUALIFIED to be in the U.S.Senate. YOU ARE A NUT CASE. And it make even more of a nut case when you start talking like SARAN PALIN. You and SARAN PALIN have never man -up in your life,so that mean you don't know want you are talking about. People from the age of 50 or older when you talk about Social Security after we paid into it all are life you are not going to get their vote. There wouldn't be any problem with Social Security if the Government didn't borrow from it. The people of NEV.can't be dumb enough to put ANGLE in office,her IDEA ARE TO FAR OUT THERE pick the less of two evil.

    October 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Al in Florida

    When someone doesn't have anything to say, she can resort to name-calling and insults. Just what qualifies this obviously confused woman for the Senate escapes me ! If she gets elected it's obviousl that the inmates are taking over the asylum.
    I hope Nevadans are smarter than this. I come to Nevada every year and love the place. If you guys elect Angle you will be embarrassing your state and yourselves.......

    October 22, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. stevegee

    The citizens of the U.S.A. have two choices:

    Vote for the overreaching, overspending, overtaxing, overtly divisive agenda of Obama, Pelosi and Reid – which will have the same results as all the other Socialist European countries, rioting and bankruptcy.


    Vote for freedom and liberty, a free market economy, and individual responsibility – vote Republican.

    October 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Wha?

    Good for you, Harry!

    October 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Phoenix86

    Reid said on mslsd that he "saved the world from another great depression". He doesn't need to prove his manhood, he needs to prove his sanity.

    October 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Once again we are faced with a Tea Partier who uses the limits of bad taste as her starting point. If Harry were to call her out on her femininity, the public would be in an uproar. She is attacking in this manner because if you follow the facts, she has built a house of cards as her base.
    The last time we had a Democrat give up the White House, he left it with a balanced budget and a reasonable debt. Eight years later the Republicans, the so-called fiscally responsible party, left the White House with the economy in a shambles, a national debt of truly staggering proportions, a housing market they let the banks nearly destroy and two wars we can neither pay for nor win. The best we will end up with is a withdrawal after spending thousands of of American lives for never-found weapons of mass destruction and a Taliban leadership we have not removed despite our best efforts.

    Now I understand why she uses name calling. It is like the mentality of her followers. Short, off-point, easy to remember and means nothing.

    October 22, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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