Another day, another new ad — no make that at least two ads — in the race between U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP opponent Sharron Angle.
Reid’s new TV ad touts $83 million in emergency funding the senator said he delivered to save 1,400 education jobs in Nevada.
The 30-second spot also criticizes Angle for saying she wouldn’t have approved the money and wants to eliminate the Education Department.
"I think the emergency is only in Harry Reid’s mind," Angle says in a clip from an Aug. 9 interview on Fox News after Congress approved new aid for suffering states.
A former teacher, Angle has said she wants to close some federal agencies like the Education Department in order to return more control to states. But she’s been on the defensive for her stance and has shifted to saying she wants to start by trimming the Education Department budget while cutting federal spending 5 percent a year over the next five years.
"Sharron Angle is just too extreme," the Reid ad ends, hitting his campaign’s main anti-Angle theme.
The other new ad comes from an independent group that Karl Rove helped launch to target Reid and other Democrats.
The 30-second spot from Crossroads GPS slams Reid for passing the new health care law, which it calls "Obamacare" after President Barack Obama. It criticizes Reid for cutting deals with lawmakers from Nebraska, Louisiana and Florida to win passage, although they fell apart after Reid’s behind-the-scenes dealmaking created an uproar.
"What has Nevada gotten from Senator Reid?" the ad asks. "Record foreclosures and the highest unemployment rate in the nation."
The ad ends with this gibe at the four-term incumbent, "Really Harry? How about some help for Nevada?"
Crossroads GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads said last week the group would spend $2 million in ads in Nevada and Missouri against the Democratic Senate candidates.
American Crossroads must report its donors. But Crossroads GPS does not — as long as it doesn’t directly advocate the election or defeat of any candidate.
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