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'You believe the Harry Reid lie'

8 News Now's Nathan Baca tries to get answers to the questions that have dogged U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle this week, grabbing her for a minute at a Las Vegas campaign stop. Angle stays on script, pivoting repeatedly to the charge that Baca should be asking Harry Reid more questions. (Reid is easily accessible for reporters in D.C. -- I'm unsure how elusive he's been in Nevada.)

The Angle campaign reacted negatively to the impromptu interview:

A campaign spokesperson called Nathan Baca "an idiot" and another term that can't be repeated. The campaign spokesman did say he would detail Angle's positions, but he refused to answer on camera.

What's wrong with the questions Baca is asking? He's repeating statements from Angle that reflect what tea partyers think -- that Social Security is unsustainable without privatization, that the EPA should abolished, etc. Instead of talking about those things and defending them, Angle boxes them out as distractions from the question of whether Reid has failed or not. Not a great strategy as long as reporters will keep asking; not the way she's built credibility with activists.

Meanwhile, here's an example of the interviews Angle has been doing -- a D.C. sitdown with Human Events.

By David Weigel  |  June 18, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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