September 16th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Political Theater: New Angle ad hits Reid on immigration

In today's installment of AC360°'s Political Theater, Tom Foreman is taking a close look at a new ad out from Nevada Republican Sharron Angle. Angle, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, is challenging incumbent Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader.

Related on the Political Ticker: Angle slams Reid on immigration in latest ad

Here’s the script for "Best Friend," Angle's new 30-second ad about Reid's record on immigration issues:

Announcer: “Illegals sneaking across our border putting Americans’ safety and jobs at risk.”

Announcer: “And what does Harry Reid do? He comes out opposed to Arizona’s tough new immigration law.”

Announcer: “Nevada families struggling with the nation’s highest unemployment. Harry Reid? He votes to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens and to give illegals Social Security benefits even for the time they were here illegally.”

Announcer: “Harry Reid. The best friend an illegal alien ever had.”

“I’m Sharron Angle and I approve this message.”

Take a look at the ad's claims and then render your own verdict in the comments section below. You have 4 choices: “Right on,” “It’s a stretch,” “Tall tale,” or “Big fat lie.” Be brief but please give us the evidence in support of your verdict. And two more things: CNN’s comment policy applies and be responsive to our request for help; only submit comments that will help us fact check the ad.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. landaddy

    Political ads are usually exaggerated by whoever produces them. This subject would not be an issue (political or otherwise) if the federal government effectively enforced the immigration laws as written. There should be no path to legal residency or citizenship provided to anyone who breaks our immigration laws, history has clearly shown this does not work. We had 3 million illegal aliens when we granted a path to citizenship in the 80's, now we have 12 million. Let the law breakers suffer the consequences of their choices, we do.

    September 16, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  2. Name*Jack Love

    Bring me your Yada Yada ......gets lost in the translation when it gets to the Tea Party

    September 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  3. KrisKringleJr


    He comes out opposed to Arizona’s tough new immigration law.” This is Documented and a matter of Record.

    "votes to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens." Just taking the latest of these, "Dream Act", allowing "illegal immigrants" who are college age to recieve green cards, including student loans and state/federally subsidized in-state tuition. There has also been talk of removing the illegal alien restristion to the new health call bill,

    give illegals Social Security benefits even for the time they were here illegally. I have personally seen this occuring today. For those whom do not know, ANY Social Security funds paid into the system from illegals goes into a HOLDING account, upon which that person can draw should he become landed and/or a citizen.

    Everything in the ad is TRUE. So Sorry, Mr. Cooper.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  4. Matt

    Big Fat Lie, or rather Big Fat Distortion of the truth, which is that being opposed to a law which violates the privacy of citizens based on their ethnic descent does not mean that Mister Reid is somehow in favor of replacing legitimate American Citizens with illegal aliens. It's this kind of ridiculous ad-hoc conclusion that gives politics a bad name.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  5. Jorge Nunez

    Why are the republicans so out of touch? Goodness Wake Up and hire a party leader. Don't they know we find the truth on the internet.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  6. Nativegrl77

    Wow ...This seems like a very un-American thing to do and say. I think she was ill advised to create such an ad let alone put it on tv. It is divisive and will offend people. As a woman and mom, i would not want her in any position of power. Yes, we need a solution to the in-flux of the undocumented but such hatred and fear mongering should best be left to the extremist not a Public Servant -she is not qualified to hold office with this kind of behavior but hey that is just my opinion

    September 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  7. Pedro

    Hi Anderson,

    How are you doing? First I am a big fan of your work. Please keep up the good work.

    As right now, unfortunately anything about Republican and Democrats should not be ever consider.
    No politician today is thinking about people or American people or Legal or illegal people in this Country. Everything comes up to part. Who will have or get the power in November or who will be controlling the Congress or the House.

    Republican and rich people are against the President because he is trying to do the job and in the same time they do NOT do their job or may be their job is only being the opposite of anything this Country is in need.

    We should not worry about what Democrats talk about Republican or vice verse because it is only about power and NOT about what this Country really need.

    United States is getting behind because the necessities our politicians are different than the necessities of our Country.

    September 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm |