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Reid Challenger Lowden: Harry's Lost Touch

Monday, 19 Oct 2009 01:56 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has become a "Nancy Pelosi liberal" and has lost touch with his constituents in Nevada, says Republican Sue Lowden, who holds a double-digit lead over Reid in recent polls.

Lowden, a former TV anchor in Las Vegas, recently stepped aside as Chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party. She is one of several candidates vying for the GOP nomination to face Reid in next year's election.

And she tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview that she is confident the most powerful Democrat in the Senate, who was first elected in 1986, will be wounded by his "outrageous comments" and finally be unseated.

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Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella asked Lowden if Reid is in the political battle of life.

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"I think so," she responded. "I think he's lost touch with the people who he was elected to represent. I don't think he's serving Nevada's needs anymore.

"I think he's become a Nancy Pelosi liberal Washingtonian, and I think this is his last term.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Nevada Republicans, who are leading not only in the Senate race but in the governor's race here too. So it's a very invigorating time in Nevada."

Martella noted that Reid called President George W. Bush a "loser" in May 2005 and said in April 2007 about the conflict in Iraq: "This war is lost." He asked if those comments have seriously hurt Reid in Nevada.

"We have a lot of veterans here, a lot of retired veterans who live here, and we've had a lot of service men and women who have been serving over in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that hit home very very hard when he said the war was lost right in the middle of our children being over there," Lowden said.

"No one has forgotten that he said that, and that's reflected in his poll numbers. People are angry, still angry that he would say such a thing in the middle of a war.

"And as far as the things he said about President Bush, he said that in a civics class here in Nevada, to children. He actually said that about our president.

"It's those kinds of outrageous comments that are reflected in his poll numbers. He's just not popular here, and he's lost touch with what's going on in Nevada...

"You can see, if you were here in Nevada, up and down the state there are signs all over: 'Anybody but Reid.' People are really upset with him right now. So I don't think the fact that there are more Democrats registered now than Republicans really reflects what's really going on here in Nevada."

Martella asked about Reid's vow to include a "public option" insurance plan in the Senate's healthcare reform bill.

"The people of Nevada overwhelmingly came out for tea parties around the state" protesting healthcare reform plans, Lowden said.

"And it wasn't just Republicans. We have a lot of libertarians here in Nevada, a lot of independent Americans, a lot of nonpartisans. And it was everybody, grassroots people who have gotten involved like I've never seen before.

"They do not want this option in their healthcare. If he sneaks it back in behind closed doors, the poll numbers you're seeing now are going to be lower than ever before.

"I don't know who he's listening to, honestly. He's certainly not listening to anybody here in Nevada. He didn't have one town hall meeting here. He didn't meet anybody face to face, and it's too bad because I think he would have learned a lot from hearing the people and what they had to say."

Lowden responded to Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter recent assertion that Reid wants illegal aliens to be counted among the general population in the 2010 Census so left-leaning states can increase their seats in the House.

The Census "is supposed to be about those people who are citizens and people who are living here legally," Lowden said. "That's who should be counted. Period."

Lowden also said that when he was first elected to the Senate, Reid was a moderate, but now "he's become very very liberal, more than we could ever imagine here.

"We're a center-right state. We're very independent-minded, and we do not like this new cloak he's wearing, standing side by side with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, leading the charge, actually driving the train with his liberal agenda.

"It's not working back here. We don't like it."

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