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Republicans roll out early attack ads on Harry Reid

January 28, 2009 |  9:22 am

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

If you thought it was safe to turn on the television without seeing a political attack ad, think again. At least in Reno.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee this morning rolled out its first attack ad of the 2010 election cycle. And the target is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The ad notes that Reid voted for the $700-billion bailout package this year and supports President Obama's new stimulus package again this year. As a hammer slams into a piggy bank, the ad asks:

And now he wants a trillion more dollars in new spending? A trillion dollars? Tell Harry Reid to stop wasting our hard-earned money.

Last time we checked, Reid had $3 million in his campaign coffers and no strong Republican opponent.

But maybe the Republicans hope to repeat their feat as dragon-slayers from the 2004 election, when they targeted and defeated Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, now, of course, President Obama's secretary of Health and Human Services.

-- Johanna Neuman

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