Take Two: Sharron Angle Announces Nevada Congressional Bid

Mar 16, 2011 2:00pm

ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:

UPDATED: Failed Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle still has her eye on public office, but this time she's setting her sights a little lower: a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Angle, who mounted an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. during last year's midterm elections, announced her candidacy for the Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev. (Heller is running for the Senate seat of outgoing Nevada Republican John Ensign.)

“The effort to bring the people's voice back into government didn't end in 2010," Angle said in a statement on Wednesday. "Now, more than ever, we need elected officials who will pledge to work against unconstitutional legislation, higher taxes, increased regulation, and deficit spending that continues to bankrupt our economy and consumer confidence."

Angle, who had strong backing from the Tea Party, lost to Reid, the Senate majority leader, by a 6 point margin — 50 percent to 44 percent.

This is not the first time Angle has pursued a Congressional bid. She ran for the same seat, in the state's second Congressional district in 2006, losing the Republican primary by just over 400 votes to Heller, who she is now seeking to replace. 

And it appears that the Sharron Angle running for Congress this time around already bears striking resemblance — at least in message — to the Sharron Angle voters met last year. In her announcement video, Angle echoes ideologies and criticisms similar to those she expressed during the 2010 Senate race, saying that as a "grandmother and a former teacher, I'm most concerned about the enormous debt that we're passing along to our children and our grandchildren."

In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the midst of last year's midterm election, Angle echoed many of the same points.

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In Wednesday's video, Angle alluded to her defeat by Reid, saying "the 2010 election was bitter-sweet. Conservatives had some victories but we still face obstacles from Democrats in Congress and in the White House" as images of Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama flash on the screen.

"The Obama administration has made it clear that it intends to pursue unconstitutional legislation like Obamacare, job-killing polices, new regulation and a federal spending increase that will paralyze our economic health," Angle said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee wasted little time labeling the coming GOP primary for the second district seat as "a battle of extremists and a race for the radical, right-wing of the Republican party.”

“Sharron Angle’s extremist views are so far out of touch with middle class Nevada families that they’re rightly labeled radical and right-wing,” said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. “Whether it’s her refusal to do anything to create jobs if she got to Congress or her belief that Medicare and Social Security should be phased out, Sharron Angle’s views are too extreme for Nevada families."

ABC News' Gregory Simmons contributed reporting to this post.

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