In the days after her primary win, GOP Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle avoided speaking to the non-conservative press. Yesterday, after days meeting with conservatives in Washington, DC, Angle met supporters at Stoney’s Restaurant in Las Vegas, where she fielded some questions from the Nevada press.
8 News NOW reporter Nathan Baca tried to get Angle to explain what she means when she says on her website that Social Security should be “transitioned out.” Angle accused him of believing “the Harry Reid lie,” but eventually admitted that she meant she wants private accounts, which she called “personalized Social Security accounts”:
“Why do you want to eliminate (Social Security) for younger folks, because your plan calls for transitioning out,” Baca asked.
“You believe the Harry Reid lie,” Angle replied.
When asked to define “transitioning out”, Angle said, “Transition into a personalized account… personalized Social Security accounts that they can’t raid.”
The stock market, Baca countered, almost crashed in 2008, meaning millions of seniors would have had their savings accounts wiped out.
Angle replied, “Now, you’re putting words into my mouth from Harry Reid. I want you to be very clear on this. I’m here to save Social Security… Harry Reid is here to bankrupt Social Security.”
Baca eventually followed her as she exited the event, attempting to get her to explain what she meant by “Second Amendment remedies” rising from voter anger at Congress. Angle refused to comment and her spokesperson eventually blocked Baca from asking any more questions, calling him “’an idiot’ and another term that can’t be repeated” in the process. Watch 8 News NOW’s report and footage of Baca being called an “idiot”:
Jon Ralston, the dean of Nevada’s political press who had ripped Fox News’ softball treatment of Angle, mockingly tweeted about the Angle’s confrontation with Baca using the hash tags #notFOXNEWS and #welcomehome. (HT: Ben Smith)
Greg Sargent highlights Angle’s non-answer to the Las Vegas Review Journal about her “Second Amendment remedies” comment. “I can’t believe people are even asking that,” said Angle. “I’m very much a proponent of the Second Amendment and the Constitution. But what we have to focus on here is a movement, a movement that’s about retiring Harry Reid” by voting him out of office.”