- - Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Reid ad bashes Angle on jobless

LAS VEGAS | Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled another TV ad on Tuesday using the words of Republican rival Sharron Angle against her.

The ad released in Nevada features an unemployed Las Vegas woman denouncing Mrs. Angle’s comment that entitlement programs like unemployment benefits have “spoiled” citizens and made them dependent on government.

“I’m not spoiled, and I don’t want to be dependent on anybody,” the woman, identified as Debra Harding, says in the ad. “If Sharron Angle doesn’t get that, she should be out of work, not people like me.”

The ad is the latest from Mr. Reid calling Mrs. Angle too “extreme” on economic and social policies.

Mr. Reid, a powerful but unpopular incumbent seeking his fifth term, is in a tight race with Mrs. Angle, an unpolished “tea party” favorite.

A statewide poll last week put the two candidates in a statistical tie with 5 percent of voters undecided and the election nine weeks away.

Both are focusing on Nevada’s forlorn economy, where unemployment reached a record 14.3 percent in July, the highest in the country.

Mrs. Angle said in a May television interview that entitlements “spoiled our citizenry.”

She later said she meant government-assistance programs discourage some unemployed workers from seeking paid jobs.

Angle spokesman Jarrod Agen on Tuesday blamed Nevada’s economic troubles on Mr. Reid.


Traficant has enough signatures to run

YOUNGSTOWN | An elections board in Ohio says a former congressman who served time in federal prison has enough valid signatures to run again for a U.S. House seat.

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