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Can Sharron Angle beat Harry Reid?

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
July 10, 2010

Senate candidate Sharron Angle on Friday denounced Majority Leader Harry Reid as a “desperate man” who was distorting her conservative record while ignoring a state that leads the nation in joblessness, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

A day after President Barack Obama delivered a mocking indictment of her candidacy at a rally in Las Vegas, Angle accused the president and Reid of pushing billions of dollars in stimulus spending while Nevada struggles with “an economy that is a disaster.”

She called for repeal of the health care overhaul, lower taxes and disbanding federal agencies, including the Education Department, that she said had responsibilities that can be handled at the state level.

“I hold him personally responsible for what is happening in our nation,” Angle said, referring to Reid, who is seeking a fifth term.

“Why would you believe anything he puts on television?” said Angle, who’s faced a barrage of negative TV ads since winning the June 8 primary. “This man has been waterboarding our economy.”

Angle’s remarks come a day after Obama depicted Angle as a fringe candidate who would privatize Social Security and Medicare. Referring to Angle, Obama said “she favors an approach that’s even more extreme than the Republicans we got in Washington. That’s saying something.”

Angle said Obama came to the state but failed, like Reid, to recognize its problems. “This is not a bright new day,” she said.

She told reporters her positions are “very much in the mainstream.”

The event attended by 250 Republicans amounted to a cheerleading session for Angle and other GOP candidates, but there was obvious concern for party unity and finances in a state where Democrats hold a significant registration edge. During a bruising Senate primary, the campaign of Angle’s chief rival, Sue Lowden, questioned whether Angle could win in November.

“We don’t need the fight inside our own house,” warned Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

Angle told the crowd, “I need your help and I need a unified party.”

There were conspicuous absences at the biannual event, including Rep. Dean Heller, state Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio and Lowden, a former state GOP chair who was long considered the favorite for the Senate nomination. State Republican Chairman Mark Amodei said he was unaware of any friction related to appearances by Angle or Steele, who has faced calls for his resignation since he criticized Obama’s handling of the Afghanistan war and suggested that it can’t be won.

The Nevada race has become a fierce competition between dueling narratives: Angle sees Reid as responsible for the state’s reeling economy and a facilitator of runaway Washington spending, while Reid’s campaign has stamped Angle as a loopy extremist whose proposals place her far out of the mainstream.

New ads appeared on TV from two independent groups Friday. Patriot Majority, funded largely by labor unions, lances Angle for her statement that it would not be her job as senator to create jobs. Angle has said she would work to create a business-friendly environment where companies grow and expand their payrolls. “Just another bad idea from Sharron Angle,” a narrator says.

Americans for New Leadership, a political committee formed this week, is running an ad that defends Angle and calls Reid’s ads “a lie.” The Nevada-based group hasn’t filed federal records yet disclosing the source of its funding. Its website says it backs candidates who support limited government.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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7 Responses to Can Sharron Angle beat Harry Reid?

  1. AustinRanter - AKA Gregg

    July 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Honestly, folks. Does it really matter who wins? I think not.

    • paulb6

      July 11, 2010 at 6:45 am

      You must be joking, Reid is the worst I have ever seen, cant stand the smell of the public,so send him to the toilet where he belongs

  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    July 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I hope Hairy gets kicked out to rattle the D-Crappers Cage. If that does happen, the D-Crapper Party will be giving birth to Adobe Bricks

  3. Jim

    July 11, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Newcomers winning will not mean a thing. In a few short months the newly elected will become just as corrupt as those we voted out. Replacing the “boss” on the plantation will not set us “slaves” free, we still are under the “owner” of the plantation.

  4. Pondering It All

    July 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Are you kidding? There’s video out there of Ms. Angle attacking Social Security and Medicare. If all the old folks in Nevada decide not to vote, then maybe she could win. But that will never happen: Seniors vote more than any other group. SS is still the “third rail of American politics”. You touch it, and you die!

  5. woody188

    July 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Moreover, it is unlikely for Nevada to throw out a majority leader to replace him with a freshman. But we can’t underestimate the anger towards incumbency at this point. But really as others have said, it doesn’t matter who wins, we’ll still end up marching towards global governance unable to keep jobs and manufacture here or keep out illegal aliens. We are being sold out to international/corporate interests piecemeal.

  6. Nevada Ned

    July 15, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I live in Nevada, so I will have to live with the consequences of this election. Reid is a mainstream Democrat, not exciting. He’s never been wildly popular, but is a reliable inside-the-beltway dealmaker, a Democratic version of Bob Dole. Now he’s in big trouble because all incumbents are in trouble because of the economy. And Reid didn’t have much of a margin to begin with.

    Sharron Angle is a far-right Republican. May not be electable. Just recently, the mayor of Reno endorsed Reid. The mayor is a Republican. Also the mayor of Sparks, a sister city of Reno, who is also a Republican. The Reno area is the Republican part of the state. So their endorsement may mean something. Maybe only 1-2% of he vote, but that may make the difference.

    The supposedly favored Republican candidate, Sue Lowden, supported “chickens for checkups”. She’s the one that Sharron Angle beat in the Republican primary.

    Reid has raised about a zillion dollars, and Angle can’t help making gaffes. My guess is that Reid may survive.