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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.

By Amy Gardner  |  June 29, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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Sharron is right. I also think we should put an end to medicare and medicaid. That would force people to get healthy. Then there is the pesky food stamp program. Get rid of it. People can eat from garbage cans. Also, stop spending money on sewage systems. People can dig holes. In fact stop all spending on people. Give the money to the corporations and to the bankers. They are the responsible members of society. Let the rest live a life of servitude, grateful for whatever trickles down from the tables of the elite.

Posted by: MickyD1 | July 1, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Boy as much as I would like to see Reid go, it scares the crap out of me to think that we could end up having someone like Angle representing us. She is beyond scary.

But this is exactly the kind of choices (none really) we in Nevada are going to continue to have as long as Nevada remains a closed state for primary elections.
For those of you that don't know what that means, it is that for any primary election we really don't have the freedom to vote for whoever or whatever (depending on what the vote is for) we beleive to be the better choice. We have to vote according to the party lines under which we have registared, ie; Democratic, Republican, Independent. I personally am registared as an Independent, so in this last primary, I was not given a choice to vote for any Senatorial candidate since there weren't any running under the independent ticket. How jacked is that. Because Nevada is a closed state I and other voters registared as independents were not given the opportunity to vote for whoever we thought would be the best canditate, Republican or Democrate. That certainly isn't what I would consider freedom of voting.
Until we change this we will continue to have these same types of situations, ie; voting for the lesser of 2 evils.

Posted by: premodawna | June 30, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Harry, old sport, whatever deal you made with the devil regarding your reelection bid was well worth it. You could not have hand-selected a better opponent than Sharron "Right" Angle.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 30, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Angle is the new $arah, but without the dollar sign. What a huge collection of far-out, goofball beliefs and ideas she has! This is one for the ages.

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | June 30, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Angle's views are so far off those of main stream Americans that I'm amazed her handlers let her talk to anyone at all. Even Palin's advisors keep her away from any real questions from real journalists, and she faded under Bill O'Reilly's spotlight on Fox last time she was there.

But Angle, and the Arizona babe with the machine gun, are not just off the mainstream, they are dangerous to our freedoms. When a person threatens to 'use the 2nd amendment' to go after Washington, it is clear they are not talking about having a civil discussion about anything.

Whatever happened to honest disagreement, compromise, and working for the people? why are Republicans so hostile and "my way or the highway?"

Posted by: smgess | June 29, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 29, 2010 8:42 PM:
Reid is a Mormon... how many non-Mormon crazies can there be?
I am not quite understanding your post. Yes, Reid became a Mormon after he met his future wife, Landra. Nevada, being a neighboring state of Utah, has a fair share of people who practice the Mormon religion. The cultish Mormons are not indicative of the entire religion -- they are but a small part.

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Posted by: kaixindian | June 29, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Reid is a Mormon... how many non-Mormon crazies can there be?

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 29, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Why would Reid even bother to say anything when Angle has been doing enough talking for the both of them? Her latest claim that she would ban abortion even in the case of rape or incest since it's God's plan is just the latest in a host of issues to show that this woman is the farthest of the right. She is campaigning for Reid every time she opens her mouth.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | June 29, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Rape is part of God's plan?
Sharron Angle is coo-coo.

Posted by: thebobbob | June 29, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse


Since your comments reveal that you are not from Nevada, let me offer you (and other readers of this blog) some insight into Jon Ralston.

For full disclosure, I am an active Democrat. Also, I have been interviewed live by Mr. Ralston (but on a topic not related to politics, and therefore I was spared the hardball).

Mr. Ralston is, as this blog states, well known (at least by people who pay attention to politics in Nevada) for his penetrating, difficult, and unrelenting questioning. Politicians of all stripes both relish and dread the opportunity to go on his show. They relish it because his show is the political "newsmaker" in our state. They dread it because there is nowhere to hide. He does not allow evasive answers to his questions, and the more evasive a politician gets, the more difficult the line of questioning will get. Only the most polished and accomplished wordsmith can finagle this guy.

I have seen him pillory both Democratic and Republican candidates alike, often at the same time. His blog (available through the Las Vegas Sun website)offers frequent examples of this bipartisan/nonpartisan approach.

As I mentioned, I am an active Democrat, so I cringe when a Democratic candidate is being subjected to the full Ralston "attack." But Ms. Angle's supporters should be prepared for a very difficult evening...not to mention a preview of what will undoubtedly appear in future Reid and independent-expenditure ads.

Posted by: noahkohn | June 29, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Angle cannot be scrubbed -- by herself or anyone else. There is too much wriiten and recorded on her out there. Harry Reid does stick his foot in his mouth from time to time, but the extreme positions that Angle takes and voices are not gaffes -- that is what she believes. The newest nugget found on Angle? She beieves that if a female is raped or the victim of incest, it is God's plan. All Reid has to do is play her sound bites -- not really dirty campaigning if all you are doing is imforming the electorate of where your opponent stands, is it?

Posted by: Sandydayl | June 29, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Ralston's probably part of Dirty Harry's smear campaign. After watching how unethical and corrupt Reid is we all know that Reid will stop at nothing. Maybe you should be asking why Reid's handlers have Reid keeping a low profile. Could it be so Reid won't put his foot in his mouth, as he is known to do.

Neither Nevada or the Nation can afford any more damage from Reid.

Posted by: elby | June 29, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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