Reid, Angle Debate: ‘Man Up’ to ‘Personalize’ Social Security
October 15, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican nominee for the senate, battled it out last night at their first and only debate. Teapartier Angle thankfully, didn’t use any of her Second Amendment remedies during the contentious debate, but because she didn’t come off as a complete lunatic most political pundits have designated her the winner. Reid, not known for his great oratorical skills, successfully got through the debate without any gaffes. And he clearly illustrated to the voters what their choice is this election. Vote for Angle if you want an inexperienced state’s rights extremist in the senate or vote for Reid’s impressive record of legislative accomplishments that help the middle class. Some of the memorable quotes from the evening, include Angle telling Reid to “man up” on privatizing Social Security, and Reid’s condemnation of Angle’s sleazy insinuation that he somehow became wealthy on a government paycheck. Reid called her attack a “low blow.”
Although Angle didn’t have any deer-in-the headlights moments, that’s not to say that she sounded sane, or that she made any sense. She stuck to her talking points of “personalizing” Social Security, eliminating the Department of Education, and allowing the free market to control health insurance, by doing away with ALL regulatory mandates on insurers. In other words, health insurance companies should not be forced to offer mammograms, maternal care or treatment for autism.
“The free market will weed out those companies that don’t offer as many choices and don’t have a cost effective system,” Angle said. “Let the people decide where they want to buy their insurance,” Angle added.
Reid responded, that “Insurance companies don’t do things out of the goodness of their heart; they do it because of the profit motive.”
On jobs, Angle returned to her argument that it was not her role as a senator to create jobs for Nevada. “Harry Reid, it’s not your job to create jobs, it’s your job to create policies that create the confidence for the private sector to create those jobs,” Angle said in response to Reid’s summary of his job-creating measures.
“My opponent is against those, she wouldn’t do that,” Reid said. “My job is to create jobs. What she’s talking about is extreme.”
On Social Security, Angle sounded incoherent. She has previously called for the phasing out of the program. Then she switched gears to privatization. And when that didn’t past muster, she decided on the word “personalization.”
Reid vowed to protect Social Security benefits.
“Social Security is a promise we have to keep. It takes care of seniors in their golden years. That’s why I worked so hard to protect Social Security,” Reid said.
“Man up, Harry Reid. You need to understand we have a problem with Social Security,” Angle said.
In her opening remarks and during her campaign, Angle has employed the false narrative that she is just a suburban grandmother, not a career politician. But she has been immersed in Nevada politics for years, as a state Assemblywoman and as a member of several boards.
This falsehood was on full display when she said, I’m not a career politician. I’m a mother, a grandmother. And then in the next breath she touts her legislative record. I have a “legislative record of voting against tax increases and unconstitutional laws,” said Angle, which must be quite an extensive record, because the extreme tea party member believes just about everything is unconstitutional.
Angle and Reid are in a statistical dead heat.
Within hours of Angle’s acknowledgment that she is against any and ALL regulatory mandates on health insurance companies, Reid’s campaign put out a new ad attacking Angle for her free market extremism.