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Nevada's Sen. Harry Reid names a greatest living American, but there's a problem

October 12, 2010 |  2:42 pm

Harry Reid

A couple of update items on the heated and tight U.S. Senate race in Nevada between Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sharron Angle.

First, as always, money: If dollars are any indication of political support -- as it was in 2008 when Barack Obama amassed three-quarters of a billion dollars enroute to not closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and now losing nearly half of his supporters -- Reid is in deep sand with the midterm election just three weeks away.

Angle's just-announced fundraising total for the third quarter was $14 million, as in nearly three times the amount of other high-profile Senate candidates, like Florida's Marco Rubio. As in, about $156,000 per day for three months.  

To help out the beleaguered Reid some more, Obama will return to Las Vegas next week. And on the same day he'll hop over to L.A. to help out also-beleaguered Barbara Boxer.

Big night this Thursday when Angle and Reid will debate, a performance that could play a role in some voters' decisions.

Reid's handlers may be a little worried Tuesday afternoon about the extemporaneous abilities of their guy, who would like a fifth six-year Senate term and is about to turn 71.

This campaign gaffe gem comes to us courtesy of David Brody of CBN in Washington. Every week Brody asks some pol there five non-gotcha questions. Last week he had Reid on. Listen especially to Reid's answer to Brody's third question: "Can you think of a greatest living American?"

Remember now, this is the Democratic majority leader in charge of the United States Senate.

In case you've been in a cave with Bin Laden for a year, neither Ted Kennedy nor Robert Byrd are living Americans any longer. And many might argue the greatness of Byrd, who filibustered the Civil Rights Act.

Other than that, Reid nailed the question.

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Sharron Angle, on second thought, changes her mind

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Hat Tip to our good buddy Ed Morrissey over at HotAir

Photo credit: Harry Hamburg / Associated Press

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