Reid Hits Angle on “Spoiled” Workers Remark

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You knew this was one coming. The campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a new ad out hitting his opponent, conservative Sharron Angle, for one of her most controversial claims, made in June: that unemployment insurance makes people “spoiled.” (Here’s the video of that claim.)

Reid’s ad features Nevadan Debra Harding, who the ad says has been out of work for a year, pushing back against Angle’s positions on unemployment, including her stated opposition to extending jobless benefits. And in response to Angle’s claim that unemployed Americans “want to be dependent on the government,” Harding replies, “I’m not spoiled and I don’t want to be dependent on anybody. If Sharron Angle doesn’t get that, she should be out of work. Not people like me.”

And of course the 35-second ad concludes with a popular Reid campaign tagline: “Sharron Angle: Just too extreme.”

Here’s the ad:

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