After weeks inside a right-wing media bubble, Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle gave her first interview to a Nevada journalist yesterday. Angle, a Tea Party darling and Harry Reid challenger, sat with Jon Ralston of Face to Face for a series of questions, some of which we played on the show. Rachel Maddow's conclusion: "John Ralston ending Sharron Angle's political career in Reno tonight."
Angle told Ralston that she would have joined Republicans who voted against extending unemployment benefits for people who've exhausted the usual ones. "They keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job, because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does," Angle told him.
Nevada has the nation's worst unemployment, at 14 percent.
Previously, Angle had said that as a senator, fostering growth in employment wouldn't really be her problem. Last night, Ralston reminded Angle of this statement: "People ask me, 'What are you going to do to develop jobs in your state?' Well, that's not my job as a U.S. senator, to bring industry to the state. That's the lieutenant governor's job. That's your state senators and assemblymen's job. That's your secretary of state's job to make a climate in this state. You all come."
Yet Angle has attacked Sen. Reid over unemployment. Here's Angle explaining the contradiction:
ANGLE: Certainly, the job of the U.S. senator is to create a climate that will be conducive to creating jobs, which means lower taxes and less government regulation. But what Harry Reid has been doing is putting forward those policies that actually put more regulation on business. Obamacare, for one, has put in so many regulations now that they're having to choose and they're choosing that they cannot provide jobs.
So what has happened is he has been the point. Remember that the president can only propose. Harry Reid has disposed of all this legislation, the stimulus that was supposed to keep unemployment down below eight percent if we went along with it. Well, it's now over.
RALSTON: It's now 14 percent.
ANGLE: That's right. And we're deeper in debt. So really, I lay that all at Harry Reid's footstep because he's been the one that has been
RALSTON: You're saying he hasn't brought any jobs back to this state, assemblywoman. Harry Reid has created all kinds of jobs. You see these press conferences all the time -- local government, state government. Who brought those jobs? And you're not going to give him credit for that?
ANGLE: Not much, because government doesn't really create jobs. In a sense, a part-time job is not a job. People want a job that really has
benefits, that has a future, that really is something that they can count on to pay their mortgage.