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Sharron Angle, on second thought, changes her mind on some things

October 10, 2010 | 12:26 am

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle with moderator mitch fox

Sharron Angle.

Sharron Angle made news earlier this year in her Nevada U.S. Senate campaign with some, shall we say, controversial suggestions that we might be able to privatize veterans affairs, deconstruct this silly Social Security business and don't unemployment benefits seem pretty much like welfare?

Remember those?

Well, forget 'em.

She's changed her mind. The conservative Republican has recently built a slight poll lead over her opponent, Democrat Majority Leader Harry "Nevada Dialect" Reid for the Nov. 2 elections.

Angle's gained that ground by hitting hard on Reid's loyal, diligent, determined Democratic work for....

...President Obama and his expensive, expansive legislative agenda that is not so popular in the Silver state, and elsewhere across the West.

What's Reid doing for Nevada, Angle asks? Seeing as how the state has the nation's highest foreclosure rate and at 14.4% the nation's highest unemployment rate. That's three times the rate it was four years ago when Democrats won control of both houses of Congress and Sen. Reid become majority leader.

Answering questions from Heidi Harris, a conservative radio host, before a supportive audience on Saturday, Angle said: "What I said was, we could do better."

On unemployment Saturday, Angle said, "We pay into it. So, in some respects it is an insurance policy that we bought into with our paychecks." Angle presumably wanted to clear the decks of some rhetorical baggage before her debate with Reid this coming week.

The, uh, avuncular Reid is almost 71 and seeking a fifth six-year term. Republican strategists as far away as Washington are licking their lips over the possibility of knocking off the Senate Democratic leader, as they did in 2004 to the last one, Tom Daschle, who went on to not become Obama's secretary of Health and Human Services because of a pile of unpaid taxes.

Our colleague Robin Abcarian has a broad look at the Nevada race right here.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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