Sharron Angle was every bit the hard line conservative she has been portrayed to be. Harry Reid was just as stiff and pedestrian a communicator as he has always been.
Reid was on the defensive, unable to give a straight answer on whether abortion should be covered by President Obama’s health care legislation or whether English should be designated the nation’s official language by constitutional amendment.
Angle was the attack dog, knocking Reid for living in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, D.C., implying that he had become wealthy through political connections, and challenging his masculinity.
“Man up Harry Reid. You need to understand that we have a problem with Social Security
,” Angle said, arguing for a move toward a privatized form of the entitlement program.
Angle did not run away from some of the more drastic positions she has taken, though she did try to soften the sharp edges. She articulated a belief in a free market capitalist system with virtually no regulatory restraints on large companies and corporations.
On education, she did not make an argument for abolishing the Department of Education but she did say that since its inception the quality of education has diminished in America. Education policy and money should be decided at the state and local level, she said.
“We need to take our 10th Amendment rights, put that education as close to the local level as possible, where parents and teachers make the policies,” she said.