When Harry Reid met Sharron Angle
Anyone expecting to see a smack-down in the desert would have been disappointed.
The first and only debate in the high stakes Senate race between Nevada Democrat Harry Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle ended with both candidates still standing.
But there were plenty barbs as the Senate Majority Leader and the Tea Party-backed former state legislator met face-to-face Thursday night in Las Vegas.
In the hour-long debate, Reid called her “extreme.” Angle repeatedly referred to him as “Harry Reid” and portrayed him as a tax-raising, career politician.
“I believe that, with God’s help, we the people have the solutions to our economic problems and they’re as simple as: cut back on the spending; pay back on the debt; and take back our economy by repealing policies like Obamacare,” Angle said in conclusion.
“You came from Searchlight to the Senate with very little. Now you’re one of the richest men in the U.S. Senate, on behalf of Nevada taxpayers, I’d like to know, we’d like to know, how did you become so wealthy on a government payroll?” Angle asked her opponent.
Reid said her question was a low blow.
“I think most everyone knows I was a very successful lawyer. I’ve did a very good job in investing. I’ve been on a fixed income since I went to Washington. I’ve lived off of what I made in the private sector,” he responded.
“Her suggestion that I made money being a senator is simply false and I’m really disappointed that she would suggest that.”
Photo Credits: REUTERS/Steve Marcus (Angle and Reid debate in Las Vegas) ( Angle (L) and moderator Mitch Fox (C) listen to Reid during a debate at the Las Vegas PBS studios)