Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) is making herself more available to the press, but in some cases she's refusing to answer detailed questions about her past policy positions.
Angle told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Reid is trying to change the subject from his record. "The issue isn't about me. It's about Harry Reid and our houses and our jobs and the economic crisis," she said.
Fair enough, this is the year of the incumbent and Reid has a long record. But Angle is an unknown to the majority of voters in Nevada and asking questions about her past positions is perfectly reasonable — although she doesn't seem to think so.
Las Vegas 8 News NOW Reporter Nathan Baca caught up with Angle at a campaign stop Thursday and asked her about Social Security.
Her website during the primary had called for "transitioning out" of Social Security and Medicare.
"Why do you want to eliminate [Social Security] for younger folks, because your plan calls for transitioning out," Baca asked Angle.
"You believe the Harry Reid lie," Angle replied.
Angle goes on to dodge the reporter's questions and then ignore him as she walks to her car.
The bottom line: She can make this race about Reid, but not before she explains who she is and where she came from. If those questions remain unanswered, reporters will continue to focus on her colorful history. And she'll continue to look defensive and ill prepared on television.
Meanwhile, she did respond to the questions about whether she was calling for an armed revolution or a political revolution at the ballot box during her Review-Journal interview.
"I can’t believe people are even asking that," Angle said. "I’m very much a proponent of the Second Amendment and the Constitution. But what we have to focus on here is a movement, a movement that’s about retiring Harry Reid" by voting him out of office.
The Reid campaign is using Angle's words to raise money, saying in a fundraising letter sent Thursday to supporters that the Republican is "as wacky as her views are."
—Updated at 11:14 a.m.