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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Morris Falsely Accuses Reid of Lying About Angle
Topic: Newsmax

In a July 23 Newsmax video, Dick Morris falsely claims that Harry Reid "lied about" the record of his Republican opponent for his Nevada Senate seat, Sharron Angle:

MORRIS:  Well, as soon as Harry Reid -- as soon as the Republican primary was held and Angle was nominated, Harry Reid put a negative ad on the air that lied about Sharron Angle's record and had her talking into the camera saying that she had -- she posed -- wanted to phase out Medicare and Social Security, and he put a million dollars behind that lie. The truth is she said she wanted to keep it, she just wanted to keep the Democrats from being able to raid the lockbox and use it to fund their deficits.

So there's a reply ad that has just gone on the air about a week ago, and it's just really beginning to run now. And the Americans for New has raised $300,000 to run that ad and needs additional money. With that moneywe will show people that it's a total lie that Reid is spreading. So please send a check to Sharron Angle can and will win this race, but we have to rebut Harry Reid's lie.

In fact, Reid's ad accurately quoted Angle stating her position, and it was only later that Angle changed her position. As Talking Points Memo notes:

In fact, during the Republican primary Angle did say that she wanted to "phase out" out Social Security, and said that "getting out" of Social Security and Medicare was "not up for grabs" -- that the only room for debate with her was the proper implementation and timeline for doing so. Since then -- after she won the primary -- Angle has shifted her position to wanting to allow people to use the same Social Security system as we know it, while also giving a choice of using a system of private accounts.

Further, Morris' blatant shilling for the newly formed anti-Reid group Americans for New Leadership comes without any disclosure of what his relationship is with the group -- namely, whether he is getting paid to shill for the group. Morris has a long history of using his media appearances to make solicitations for groups he is consulting with.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:18 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 25, 2010 12:28 PM EDT

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