Harry Reid: "The Surge Worked"
12:58 AM, Oct 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Daily Caller's Jon Ward has a good write-up of the one and only debate of the campaign between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle:
Read the rest here. RealClearPolitics has the video of Reid saying "the surge worked" (!), and incoherently trying to explain his "the war is lost" comment. And here's the clip of Reid not being able to say if abortions should be covered by Obamacare:
Reid also made the bizarre claim that Mitch McConnell agreed with him that the Senate shouldn't vote on extending the Bush tax cuts until after the election: "Mitch McConnell and I, who's my Republican counterpart, we don’t agree on everything, but we agree on one thing: that we have to wait until we get back after the election to find out what the economy's going to be. ... We have to see what we are told by the experts what we should do with the people that make more than that." That's just not true.
Angle started off a little shaky, but grew more confident throughout the debate. She certainly had the soundbite of the night: "Man up, Harry Reid. You need to understand that we have a problem with Social Security. That problem was created because of government taking that money out of the Social Security trust fund.” That line, along with a vague response about why she no longer says she wants to "phase out" Social Security and Medicare, helped her dodge the entitlements question.
In some cases, she gave the best answer she could in response to a previous flub, even if the moderator didn't recognize it. For example:
Angle definitely isn't the smoothest candidate ever. Her cadence is a bit off, as if she's always out of breath. But, hey, she was debating Harry Reid. Angle held her own, and it's hard to see how the debate will move the polls in Reid's favor.