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NV-Sen: Sharron Angle Forced to Meet the Local Press

So far in her brief general election campaign, Sharron Angle has had a coordinated strategy of walking back all of the most extreme of her positions and blocking any legitimate press requests unless they came from a friendly right-wing source. This broke down yesterday after a run-in with a local reporter that did not reflect well on her.

As Sharron Angle greeted supporters at Stoney’s Restaurant in Las Vegas, 8 News NOW Reporter Nathan Baca approached her to ask about her Social Security plan.

Her website calls for “transitioning out” Social Security and Medicare.

“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.”

Read the whole thing. I liked the part where Angle complained that Reid “is trying to make this a campaign about me,” as if challengers’ views weren’t relevant. After the interview, Angle’s campaign spokesman called the reporter an idiot “and another term that can’t be repeated.”

Angle also ducked questions from the Las Vegas Review-Journal about her series of “armed revolution” comments. “I can’t believe people are even asking that,” she said. They’re asking it because you’ve said that over and over and over during the last few months.

You don’t even have to get into the completely insane comments about Scientology and homeopathic medicine to question Angle’s belief system and her association with a radical fringe element. She’s learning that she cannot freeze out local reporters whose job it is to question her and, yes, get her views and positions.

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