October 23rd, 2010
06:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Reid 'confident' heading into Election Day

(CNN) - Just ten days before Election Day, Sen. Harry Reid said he's confident Nevada voters will choose him over his opponent, Republican Sharron Angle.

"We're going to win and I think that's pretty clear," Reid told CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry, who caught up with the Senate majority leader at the Nevada Democratic Party headquarters in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The senior Senate Democrat was in Las Vegas to meet with campaign volunteers who are making phone calls and canvassing for Reid in his bitter fight to hold on to his top spot in the Senate.

Reid also dismissed recent polls that show the contentious race is in a dead heat, telling CNN, "We feel confident. …I'm not gonna be bothered by the inaccurate polls that you folks pass around all the time."

Two senior Democratic sources told CNN that Reid's internal polls show he has a six-point lead over Angle, contrary to public polls showing it to be neck-and-neck.

The Democratic sources insisted that lead has held for several days, but senior Republican sources shot back that they don't believe the internal Reid numbers.

"No way," said a top Republican source. "It's literally a dead heat."

But even with a six-point lead, Reid is facing one of the most challenging reelection campaigns of his long career. A dire economic situation and the anti-Washington sentiment sweeping the nation have given Angle, a former state assemblywoman, a leg up in her bid to unseat the Senate Majority leader.

And as can be expected in one of the most hotly contested races in the country, the candidates have been engaging in an increasingly bitter war of words – and ads – as the election nears.

Reid has repeatedly called Angle "extreme and dangerous" - a charge he repeated on Saturday. A major union group also launched a television ad for Reid this week calling Angle's conservative views "bad for women," saying she is "too dangerous to have real power over real people."

The Angle campaign, meanwhile, released four ads this week alone hammering Reid's personal wealth, charging that he is out of touch with Nevadans because he lives in a Washington D.C. Ritz-Carlton condo while his state has the highest foreclosure rate in the country.

Angle has also repeatedly told the senior Senator that he needs to "man up," and take responsibility for issues such as the economy and social security.

During a debate last week, Reid called Angle's attack on his personal finances a "low-blow," retorting, "I was a very successful lawyer. I did a very good job of investing."

He also denounced her "man up" mantra.

"Whether it was in the street, in a ring, or in the senate. My manhood has never been in question," Reid, a former boxer, told CNN.

–CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Reid has been slightly ahead in the polls.

    October 23, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    Angle is a rightwing extremist nutjob who is utterly unfit to govern. Allowing her near the levers of government would be like leaving a child alone with a handgun. She has nothing to offer America but fear, hate, ignorance and lies. As a GOBPbagger she is beholden to her cult of disproven ideas like deregulation, tax cuts for the ultrarich and the destruction of social security. She cares NOTHING for average hard-working Americans. Get out the vote and let the teatards know we will not stand by and allow the America Taliban to take over.

    October 23, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Retnan

    Only way he can win is via FRAUD. That's pretty clear.

    October 23, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. barry

    Prince Harry tell yourself whatever you need to that allows you to sleep at night. you will soon be unemployed in your case retired I guess. You didn't save the Country from economic collapse you just paid your union buddies with the Stimulus that American's will be paying on for many years. Senator Angle will be taking your place soon. Enjoy your retirement Prince Harry we're just sorry we didn't force you into it many years ago. Senator Angle will fight for the people of Nevada and leading the nations unemployment won't be the type of accomplishments she's looking for.

    October 23, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Robert

    I certainly hope he loses, since all he is interested in is power. Not what the majority of the people want.

    October 23, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. vic nashville tn

    He is right
    From September to last week I have seen many republicans sign on the street leaflets by mail I thought democrats gave up

    Past five days I seen more democrats sign and flyers volunteers knocking the doors more democrats sign near polling station

    Democrats fired up

    October 23, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Kenneth Close

    What do we have to feel confident about if Reid is kept in office:No one seems to worry about that fact.

    October 23, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Hugo

    Dear God Almighty, Please let Harry Reid lose so that America may prosper, please Lord hear my prayers...

    October 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    If Nevadans are actually dumb and deluded enough to elect the mentally unbalanced Sharron Angle, then we should use Nevada for nuclear testing again. She views the federal government as tyrannical . . . so she desperately wants a job there.

    Don't be a sucker: Tea freaks won't change anything. They want an easy, well-paid job, and they will be the next incumbents that you want out. The problem is systemic, not the people in the system, and everyone who tried to change Washington became Washington. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    October 23, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    Nevada you are crazy if you vote Angle in. this is one more teabag looney tune. Vote all repos out

    October 23, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |

    Neveda must be full of AA and MA if Reid returns. No one with one lisk of common sense would send this man anywhere to represent them.

    October 23, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. valwayne

    Sen Reid has given the nation 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT, the State of Nevada over 14% UNEMPLOYMENT which is the highest in the nation, the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the corrupt healthcare bill, the massive wasted corrupt near trillion dollars stimulous bill, and more debt than in all of our history outside of war time. If you like UNEMPLOYMENT, Corrupt Spending, and Massive Debt he is certainly your guy!!!

    October 23, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Not fooled

    Go Harry. You're right! Americans cannot be that crazy. And good for you that you have an apartment at the Ritz.That you have had for 20 years . So what? Does this nut job expect you to commute from Searchlight ,Nevada everyday to Washington D.C.? Women remember what this lady stands for: Privatizing Social Security(58% of women 65 & older live on SS.). No abortion even in case of rape, incest, mother's life. No Dept. of Education. Privatizing Vets benefits. She lies a lot. Will not talk to media. EXTREME --is this really what you want? She is also collecting all she can from special interests and foreign money.

    October 23, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. LindaC

    Dream on, Harry; You're history!

    October 23, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. deli

    Like i said. GOD in all above of all things is listening and looking into those true good heart politicians who do cares for the poor. He also testing there strenght and to see in the hard way. meaning people will accused them in any wrong doing and make the false aligations but at the end he will take there hands and guide them through the victories. and that means Democrat will overcome.

    October 23, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    Old harry will make a real good Animal Control officer in a real small town in Nevada. If he can find a town that doesn't know him.

    October 23, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. TruBlue

    Reid will win. Independents will ultimately come to their senses and cast their votes on Harry. Sue Lowden would have been a better match for Reid, but not this incoherrent wild hysterical woman with programs such as privatizing the VA/SS/Medicare/Aid, eliminate Public Schools. Even with these platforms, there are wild people out there who will vote for her.....another wild one.

    October 23, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Bill4

    It may be a close race in your eyes Harry, but we'll know soon enough won't we. Have you tried door to door knocking in Vegas on all those empty foreclosed homes and the ones that are about to be.? Perhaps you could pick up a few thousand more votes if you did. Or, maybe you should have Barney come down and do a little stumping on your behalf. You have totally lost your credibility Harry. Please go away...and take Pee Lousy, and Barney with you. The three stooges are going, going, gone.

    October 24, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  19. Agree with him

    I can't believe that there are people dumb enough to blame Democrats in two years for 30 years of failed rightwing policies which were unabashed with Bush and a rightwing Congress.
    What has Angle got to offer Nevada in the way of jobs, besides, I mean throwing the last of the employed VA workers and teachers on the street to join the ranks of the absyss and make finding a job for all even harder?
    In fact if there's ANYONE on the screaming, screeching, frothing right that HAS please point it out. I mean other than this 3x failed tired crap about how giving a free lunch to the top 1/10th of 1% and plenty of my hard-earned taxdollars to boot is going to create jobs anywhere but India and China along with massive deficits that the rightwing si suddenly so concerend about NOW when they weren't when Bush turned Clinton's 3 trillion dollar surplus into a 500 billion dollar deficit his very first year.

    October 24, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  20. Ben A.

    Can't everyone see through Angle? Attacking his wealth as a principal strategy makes her look so clueless. I think Americans shouldn't fall for Angle and her look-alikes because they don't have a plan. They're only opportunistic seat-hunters.

    October 24, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  21. joanw

    I know for sure that cnn poll is wrong. I don't know who they are polling. The american people are very smart. They are giving the republicians false hope. We will never allow the GOP to rule again. We love this country too much. The tea party is the GOP disguising themselves. We are not fools we are all alert and waiting to reject the old GOP policy.

    October 24, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  22. ThinkAgain

    I don't live in Nevada, but I've contributed to Senator Reid's campaign and will do so again. Sharon Angle is a nutjob who's bad news for not only her state, but for our country.

    We need Harry Reid – we need Democrats to stay in the majority.

    Why? Because as the last two years have shown, all the Republicans want to do is say "NO" to everything that will help the American people.

    Oh, and the Republicans want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy – even though that will add $780 BILLION to the deficit and WILL NOT result in job creation here in the U.S. (If it could have, it would have – the tax cuts have been in place since 2001).

    Keep up the good fight, Harry! We need you!

    October 24, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  23. Carol Weller

    he shouldn't feel confident....he's gone...thank goodness. Along with Pelosi we can all hope.

    October 24, 2010 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  24. dave

    Reid is a true traitor. He killed Yucca mountain because it was unpopular in NV when it was technically the best area to store nuclear waste. He put his political needs ahead of the country oh yet again.

    October 24, 2010 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  25. Alan Graham

    Although I do not live in Nevada, and would never vote for any person, who intimates the use of violence against political opponents, (second amendment solutions), part of me hopes that Angle wins the upcoming election. Why? So that the good people of Nevada will learn a valuable lesson, that maybe the rest of the nation will also profit from. I really dislike the idea of any group of people having to suffer, but, if Angle is elected, the results will then be public and undeniable: In 2016 she will have to run on her accomplishments, and not on the number of people she has alienated. We all need politicians that have positive and constructive ideas that result in basic economic changes for each state. I have only heard negativity from her. If I am wrong, please post one detailed idea this woman has suggested to ease the economic situation in Nevada: "I will do all I can to fight for Nevada", is not going to be enough to convince me.

    October 24, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |