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Harry Reid Ads Tout Jobs Creation; Spokesman Calls Sharron Angle 'Extreme'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid kicked off his general election campaign Thursday with a pair of feel-good TV ads about clean energy jobs he says he has brought to Nevada. His campaign manager said there is plenty of time in coming months to run negative TV ads about Sharron Angle, the Tea Party favorite who won the Republican nomination this week -- but he went right ahead and discussed her in negative terms at a news conference and call with reporters.

Republicans chose "the most extreme candidate they could have," the campaign manager, Brandon Hall, said of Angle. "Energy is one of the most important issues facing our country and Sharron Angle wants to abolish the Department of Energy," Hall said. He said she would have voted against the stimulus bill and solar tax credits that have brought thousands of jobs to Nevada, and that her call to "drill baby drill" would not create jobs in Nevada. He added her solution to the BP oil spill is less regulation of the oil industry.

Angle's Web site was taken down right after she won. A GOP strategist told Politics Daily it was going to be revamped and improved. The site is coming back up in increments. There's now an issues page -- and it is as bland as possible given Angle's many well-documented and colorful positions. For a start, it doesn't mention the Energy Department or getting rid of it.

Hall said any issue would have provided a stark contrast between Reid and Angle, but the campaign decided before Tuesday's primary to focus first on clean energy. He said Nevada has "limitless potential" in the area.

One Reid TV ad features a man saying he didn't have a job for a few months but now is among 300 people working at a solar facility made possible by solar tax credits passed by Reid. "No one can do more," the tagline says. The other TV ad is about stimulus money for job-creating geothermal energy projects. The idea is to showcase "Sen. Reid's record, what his leadership position means for Nevada, how that's creating jobs and making Nevada a better place to be," Hall said. He dismissed a claim by the National Republican Senatorial Committee that under Reid, Nevada has not received its fair share of last year's $787-billion economic stimulus package. Anyone who says that is "willfully ignoring the facts," he said.

Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said the stimulus package has failed to create jobs, and "the arrogance of this (solar) ad is remarkable." He said Republicans would, however, agree with the "no one can do more" campaign slogan "because no one in Washington has done more to grow the size of the federal government, done more to skyrocket our national debt, or done more to increase the tax burden on Nevada families than Harry Reid."

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ettu

ENERGY is only one of the most important issues to those who see how they can profit from the industry. How much has Al Gore stuffed in his pockets during his misguided, and downright false, allegations about climate change. GE, in the Obama pocket, is gearing up to reverse the mess Immelt has made of that once strong company, by supporting the Obama agenda, and receiving billions of tax dollars to further the "green energy" hubbub. Nuclear power could be increased TODAY, yet all we hear about is wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars, none of which are anywhere near the mouth of the pipeline. We don't have this stuff, the elite do not want some of it in their view, and even if we did have it, the majority of Americans cannot afford to utilize it.

June 23 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andrc657

Harry Reid has been the most effective senate leader in decades. He stumbles a little but gets the job done. Good people of Nevada REELECT HARRY REID. Your country needs him at this critical time.

June 11 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
glendaaparis

I can no longer even look at Reid, same with Pelosi, Rangel, Frank, etc. etc. etc. You all know the old saying: "fool me once, shame...........".

June 11 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

Anyone taking taxpayer monies to pay off other elected officials for their votes needs to go.

June 11 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
jspe7

Wow, has cowboy bill got it wrong, saying that Clinton forced people to buy homes they could not afford. Try to look at the facts. The only thing Clinton did was to lower the amount of down-payment so that people could purchase a home. What were the results------the best housing numbers since World War 2, and there were no massive defaults simply because the average salary for American workers, over the 8 year span of Clinton went up 7, 500 dollars and there were, unlike the Bush era, no fancy mortgages written, where the low rates would soar in 5 years
Along comes Bush and he and his cronies turn their back on the illegal mortgages that were being written by his crooked friends in 2002 and 2003 and these mortgage payments ballooned in 2007 and 2008, when the crisis started. In the meantime, the average salary of American workers during the Bush era, went DOWN 2,000 Dollars
Try to get your facts straight

June 11 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
crossingsg

The old addage "if it didn't exist, we would have to invent it" does not appear to apply to Sharron Angle. Yes, she seems to be extreme in many ways. Yes, her views could satisfy the "anger" of many anti-Obama types. But would we really have to invent her to find out how well she is going to run against Harry Reid? Those with perceived extreme views do not do well, politically. The trick may be to NOT look extreme before the election, then do what you feel needs to be done. It could prove to be an interesting contest...or no contest.

June 11 2010 at 2:57 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
AREK

Nevada Senate: It Could Be Tea Party Favorite

June 10 2010 at 11:55 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
getgary01

Wow, I like that ad. I would vote for her just based on Harry's ad.

June 10 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse +20 rate up rate down Reply
Hello Baby Doll

Angle's "Extreme". Yea!!! and Reid's not??? I will go with Angle's Extreme anyday. Reid's lives in a penhouse in DC. If the Nevada people votes him in, they deserve what they get "Nothing" is that "Extreme" enough for you.

June 10 2010 at 9:06 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
Wendy

Harry Reid has been in the Senate for how many years now? He's had plenty of opportunity to "help" us Nevadans with the job dilemma, but we continue to have one of the highest unemployment rates. Why would we believe one word that man promises??? He's full of political BS. I'm not voting for him. I'm through with him. Let's give someone else a chance because I haven't seen that Harry Reid has done one thing for Nevada but sell us down the tubes.

June 10 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply

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