Senate Republicans, Meet Sharron Angle

By Cullen Dirner

Jun 15, 2010 6:43pm

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Senate Republicans had lunch today with the woman who is vying to unseat their political arch-nemesis – Senate Majority Harry Reid.Sharron Angle, the former Nevada Assemblywoman and Tea Party favorite, who will face Reid in November, came to Capitol Hill today to meet with Senate Republicans and addressed them during their weekly buffet lunch.Sen. Mitch McConnell said her visit was routine and he did not mention her name or express any support for her. Some main stream Republicans have expressed trepidation with Angle, who has some uncompromising conservative policy stances, like phasing out social security and Medicare. “All of our Republican nominees for the Senate are invited to the policy lunch, and we did have our new nominee from Nevada there today to say a few words, and she did that, and did it very effectively,” said McConnell.Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex, who is the Republican in charge of getting Republicans elected this year had a bit more to say.”Well, obviously it's early, but we were glad to meet Sharon Angle.  We said that we would be solidly behind her.  We would support her efforts,” he said.But Cornyn was more interested in talking about Reid than Angle. “This is going to be a referendum on the policies of spending and debt.  And I think the challenge the leader has, the majority leader has, is he's been the chief — chief water carrier for the president's policies that have turned out to be enormously unpopular, not only in Nevada, but across the country. So this will be a referendum on his leadership.  And we feel very good about the outcome,” said Cornyn.Reid would normally talk to reporters after the Republicans, but his wife was in surgery today, still recovering from a March car accident  – she’s fine, we’re told – but he did not address the press corps.

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