Sharron Angle's Post-Primary Media Debut
By Amy Gardner
After weeks avoiding newspaper and television journalists not viewed as sympathetic, Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada this year, will appear on Las Vegas political pundit Jon Ralston's "Face to Face" program Tuesday night.
The interview is scheduled to broadcast at 6:30 p.m. -- that's 9:30 p.m. here in Washington -- and it is scheduled to be streamed live on the Web page of the local NBC affiliate in Vegas.
Ralston is not known for pulling his punches, so viewers can expect a series of tough questions on some of Angle's more controversial statements, including, perhaps: her views on wanting to phase out Social Security; her call for "Second Amendment remedies" to end what she sees as the failed policies of Washington; her recent statements that it is not a U.S. senator's job to create jobs -- and likely much, much more.
Since her nomination at the Nevada GOP primary June 8, Angle has mostly limited herself to interviews with sympathetic hosts -- and has taken some heat for it.
Reid, who is seeking his fifth Senate term, is deeply unpopular, according to most polls, and is running in an otherwise unfavorable environment for longstanding incumbents. A new report issued earlier this month showed that Nevada's unemployment hit 14 percent in May, a new record and currently the highest rate in the nation.
But the powerful Senate leader and his allies helped Angle secure the Republican nomination by mounting a media campaign against the early frontrunner candidate for the GOP nod, former state seantor Sue Lowden. Now, Reid's campaign is portraying Angle, who is backed by tea party organizers and other conservatives, as "too wacky" for Nevada.
Tuesday's interview is a potentially make-or-break moment for Angle, with all eyes expected to tune in to see how she addresses some of her more controversial positions and whether she can moderate some of those views without alienating the conservative base that helped win her the nomination.
June 29, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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