Before she won her Republican primary, Harry Reid was rooting for Sharron Angle to become his opponent in the fall. Why? We can hazard a safe guess that Reid saw in her an inexperienced politician (compared to her main primary for, the former chair of the state GOP) who held some out-of-the-mainstream views.
Now that the race is on, Reid is putting some of Angle's views and comments on the air, working them into the rotation of his statewide TV ad buy.
This one, for instance, focuses on Angle's comments about "Second Amendment remedies" and "fight[ing] for ... liberties in more Second Amendment kind of ways." (In addition to the snippet Reid's campaign used in the ad, Angle made similar comments to the Reno Gazette-Journal.) Narrated by police officer Bill Ames, a self-avowed Republican and NRA member, Reid's campaign released it last week:
This one, released today, responds to an Angle ad attacking Reid on Social Security. It counters with Angle's Social-Security platform as it was presented on her old website, which was revamped after the primary:
Those ads follow these two, both released earlier this month, that prominently feature Angle's stated opposition to the BP escrow fund and her desire to eliminate the Department of Education:
Reid's campaign, which enjoys an $8.9 million to $1.7 million cash advantage over Angle's, has mixed these ads in with some more positive ads about Reid. The campaign doesn't discuss how much of its rotating media buy is dedicated to the negative spots about Angle, but since the beginning of August, we've seen a blitz of Reid campaign ads citing some of Angle's own statements, presenting her as too extreme for Nevada.
At the same time, Angle's campaign is out with its own negative ads, most notably the Social Security ad linked above, in which she accuses Reid of wanting to raid Social Security to benefit his campaign coffers.
With the help of both candidates, things are going negative in Nevada.
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.