Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his first negative ad of the general election campaign Friday, depicting Republican Sharron Angle as a heartless extremist who would slash Social Security and Medicare for the elderly.
"Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security," a narrator says ominously in the commercial. "She'd cut benefits for everyone."
"What's next?" the narrator asks.
Angle, a former state lawmaker, is not widely known in the populous Las Vegas area. The ad signals that Reid is eager to introduce her to voters in unflattering terms before she has the chance to run her own ads.
Angle is testing the limits of anti-Washington sentiment in a year when many voters are eager for change. She wants to abolish the Education Department and repeal the 16th Amendment that established the federal income tax. She has said Social Security and Medicare are "broken and bankrupt" and should be privatized.
Her campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the ad.