WASHINGTON — Republican Sharron Angle unveiled the first advertisement of her post-primary U.S. Senate campaign Monday , an Internet production that accuses Sen. Harry Reid of mudslinging while national problems fester.
The minute-and-a-half spot charges the Senate majority leader with attacking his challenger rather than “offering solutions to our problems” that include a skyrocketing national debt and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It is Angle’s first move of the general election, after being blasted for almost two weeks by advertising sponsored by Reid’s campaign and the Patriot Majority PAC, a Reid-linked political action committee. Democrats are focusing so far on Angle’s position on privatizing Social Security, declaring it a dangerous and extreme proposition.
The Angle spot seeks to turn the tables.
“Within hours of Sharron Angle becoming the nominee to face Reid in November, Reid launched a brutal advertising assault that is a slap in the face to all Americans,” the Angle ad contends.
“Not only is Reid not offering solutions to our problems, he’s using special interest money to throw mud and try to tear down his opponent,” it adds.
Reid spokesman Jon Summers said the incumbent’s commercials against Angle are legitimate, and she is the one who has explaining to do. Angle’s solutions, such as killing the Department of Energy during an oil crisis, would make things worse, he contended.
“We are asking her to talk about why she wants to kill Social Security,” Summers said. “If she wants to call that an attack that’s interesting, but the reality is she is hiding from reporters and hiding from the people of Nevada.”
The Angle ad appeals for viewers to donate at her website.
Angle has raised $911,405 through her website as of Monday morning. She has made fundraising a priority of her early campaigning after a competitive GOP primary during which she raised more than $1.2 million and as Reid is on pace to raise more than $20 million to defend his seat in the Senate.