Mud gets deeper in Reid-Angle race
The increasingly bitter campaign rhetoric between U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and Sharron Angle continued Thursday on several fronts. Here are a few of the events that marked Nevada’s U.S. Senate race between the Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger:
• President Barack Obama flew to Las Vegas on Thursday to rally support for Reid. The event took place at the CityCenter, which opened in December.
Angle’s spokesman Jerry Stacy said, “Basically, you have President Obama and Sen. Reid together in a giant glass house raising money to throw rocks at Sharron Angle during a time when 192,000 Nevadans are unemployed.”
Angle also told a Las Vegas radio show that she would not have pressured banks like Reid did to keep the CityCenter project going. Reid said his actions helped save 22,000 jobs in Las Vegas.
During the interview, a caller asked Angle if she would have done the same thing as Reid if she were Nevada’s senator.
“I would not,” she said. “You know the reason is because he may have saved jobs in CityCenter, but he actually cost jobs in other parts of the city. And you know that as well as I do. The issue here becomes bailouts, right? And stimulus.”
Reid’s campaign responded: “Angle’s claim she wouldn’t have gone to bat for CityCenter is consistent with many of her previous statements. Angle has said no fewer than three times that, as a U.S. senator, she would not be in the business of fighting to create Nevada jobs …”
• The Las Vegas Review Journal reported Thursday that Reid declined to take a position on Arizona’s new immigration law, which the U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit against. Angle’s team pounced on Reid’s reticence: “Sharron Angle openly stands with Arizona against Obama’s overreach, but Reid’s plan is to hide his position until after Election Day,” said Angle spokesman Jerry Stacy.
• The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched http://www.TheReal
Reid.com, which is a mockup of the senator’s re-election website. Most of the links, including a contribution button, go to http://www.WrongWay
Reid.com, an anti-Reid website hosted by the NRSC.
It’s a response to Reid uploading a copy of Angle’s pre-primary website last week, which included a lengthier version of her issues page.
Angle sent Reid a cease and desist letter to take down the copied website, saying it violated copyright laws and deceived users who may have given their names and e-mails to Reid despite thinking the website belonged to Angle.
• The Associated Press contributed to this report.