When Harry Reid met Sharron Angle

October 15, 2010

Anyone expecting to see a smack-down in the desert would have been disappointed.
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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.

They sparred over the  healthcare reform law (Angle called it “Obamacare”), Yucca Mountain and nuclear energy, immigration and Social Security, unemployment and how to bring back jobs to Nevada.

“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.harry

Angle and Reid are running neck and neck in the opinion polls and they’ve been waging a fierce campaign ad war. Their mostly civil encounter was almost over before she appeared to hit a nerve.

“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)

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So Harry says he has lives on a “fixed income” while in Washington? How out of touch is it when your “fixed income” is $193,400 plus per diem for all the travel you want while the average income of a person Nevada is $30,128.

Posted by n8whit | Report as abusive

Angle clearly won the debate and should win the election with room to spare.

Posted by JohnWurts | Report as abusive

Fixed income!  Fixed as in horse race FIXED!?

Posted by Upsidedowner | Report as abusive

Don’t vote for him, give somebody else a chance to serve the country. Why do we keep a person for life in Congress.

Posted by BillNG | Report as abusive

I think old people like Reid should retire to give young people a chance. Old men are not very clear in their thinking, except good political skills. I hope people in Nevada to oust Reid.

Posted by BillNG | Report as abusive

I really liked the road signs I saw in Nevada last week. They said, “Will Rogers Never Met Harry Reid”. I think Harry Reid is a self serving career politician just like Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is a self serving career politician. Good riddance to both of them.

Posted by fred5407 | Report as abusive

Even, if, Nevadans desire another Senator, Angle appears least qualified. You shouldn’t allege a criminal conduct, albeit, theft of US money, against another without evidence that faintly suggests same. All contact sports do have rules, politics cannot be an exception.

Posted by 0okm9ijn | Report as abusive

I bet Mr. Reid’s investments tied to the financial industry did just fine once the Federal Government bailed them out….just as Ms. Pelosi’s did. Could that have been the reason they “saved” the financial system with tax-payer dollars? Their personal fortunes seem more important than the future of 300 million citizens.

Posted by actnow | Report as abusive

Tell the little lady to stuff her god into her purse, and stop calling the first real crack at fair health care by a right wing slogan name, “Obamacare”.

Posted by aitengri | Report as abusive

Angle is a LOOOOON! How in the world can anyone believe that this woman would be what is best for Nevada and the country? PULLLLLLEASE!

Posted by fromthecenter | Report as abusive