State of Nevada Archives: on Principles & Values


Harry Reid: Son of a miner; mother took in wash from brothels

Angle's rap on Reid is that he's a creature of big-government Washington, out of touch with average Nevadans.

"Senator Reid has been a politician for over 30 years," Angle began. "I live in a middle-class neighborhood in Reno, Nevada. Senator Reid live in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C."

That might particularly rankle Nevadans who now suffer with the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country.

But Reid, the son of a miner, tried to show he knew what it was like to suffer through tough times--like when he was growing up in the tiny town of Searchlight. Lean times sound different in Nevada than they do in other parts of the country, though.

"Times were tough. The mines weren't doing well at all. My mom took in wash from the brothels in Searchlight so I have some idea of what it's like to struggle," Reid said.

If you'd decided to play a drinking game and take a swig every time Reid called his opponent extreme, you'd have quite the hangover this morning.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Sharron Angle: I live in middle-class Reno; Reid lives in DC's Ritz-Carlton

Angle's rap on Reid is that he's a creature of big-government Washington, out of touch with average Nevadans.

"Senator Reid has been a politician for over 30 years," Angle began. "I live in a middle-class neighborhood in Reno, Nevada. Senator Reid live in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C."

That might particularly rankle Nevadans who now suffer with the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country.

But Reid, the son of a miner, tried to show he knew what it was like to suffer through tough times--like when he was growing up in the tiny town of Searchlight. Lean times sound different in Nevada than they do in other parts of the country, though.

"Times were tough. The mines weren't doing well at all. My mom took in wash from the brothels in Searchlight so I have some idea of what it's like to struggle," Reid said.

If you'd decided to play a drinking game and take a swig every time Reid called his opponent extreme, you'd have quite the hangover this morning.

Source: NPR Morning Edition coverage of 2010 Nevada Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Bill Richardson: Pledges to not engage in negative campaigning on Dems

Weíve been given two minutes to tell you how weíre going to balance the budget, get out of Iraq, give opportunities to every American, strengthen the middle class. I can do it in four words: Elect a Democratic president.

I think itís really important now that we have a strong nominee. The worst thing we can do is tear each other down. So what I am proposing is that every Democratic candidate sign a pledge that we will not engage in any negative campaigning towards each other.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Chris Dodd: We canít survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship

The stakes have never been higher, in my view. Thereís a sense of urgency in our country that I think we all feel. I believe itís going to take a sense of optimism, a sense of confidence, talking about hope for the future, bringing people together. We canít survive as a nation 51-49. Weíve got to come together as a party first and then as a nation. I believe that takes optimism and confidence. It means talking about the future and rebuilding that sense of optimism in our country.

Itís also going to take committed leadership, principled leadership, proven leadership. Iíve served in the US Senate for 26 years. Iíve been involved in every major domestic and foreign policy debate of our country. I know how to bring people together.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Dennis Kucinich: I can move this country because I have no strings

Why is it that Iím able to do this? No strings! You need a president with no strings.
Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Hillary Clinton: Proud of Bill Clintonís record as president

Q: [Regarding David Geffenís remarks, a Hillary donor who attacked Barack], do you think that candidates should be held accountable for the statements of their supporters and donors?

A: I want to run a very positive campaign, and I sure donít want Democrats to be engaging in the politics of personal destruction. I think we should stay focused on what weíre going to do for America. And you know, I believe Bill Clinton was a good president, and Iím very proud of the record of his two terms.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Mike Gravel: Achieved much in Senate, but prefers governors for president

Q: Youíve been out of elected politics for some time. Why should Democratic voters choose you over all these other candidates?

If they like what Iím saying, that Iím not politics as usual -- and they could look at my record -- very unusual. I ended the draft, released the Pentagon Papers, stopped the nuclear testing in Alaska. You know, itís all there. And I did all that within four years.

Q: And of all the other candidates youíre seeing running right now, if these voters arenít going to pick you, who should they pick?

A: Well, I like the governors. For some reason, they bring more of an executive approach. And so if I were to pick right now, Iíd say Vilsack first, Richardson second, because they have executive experience. Our record of people in legislative positions providing real leadership is very, very dismal. Governors have had to lead a state in a very personal kind of way, and so I would say that that would be the approach.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

Jack Carter: Iím fed up with this administration & my opponent

Iím fed up with this administration. They have led us into a disastrous war in the Middle East. They have squandered the goodwill we had at the end of 9/11. They have sold our souls to the special interests. They are encroaching on our statesí rights and trampling on our personal freedoms.

And my opponent is responsible for it. He has voted with this admin 96% of the time. This is the last chance we have to get rid of this administration and the people who work for them.

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

Jack Carter: Campaign funding source doesnít matter; ďwe the peopleĒ do

Q: Your campaign has raised $1.1 million, with 84% from out of state. Why should Nevadans vote for someone whose support comes from out of state?

CARTER: People should elect me because Iím going to refocus the government on we the people instead of the special interests.

ENSIGN: My opponent has actually raised more money in California than he has in Nevada. He says he wants to be Nevadaís voice in Washington, but if Nevadans arenít supporting him how can he be Nevadaís voice in Washington?

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

John Ensign: Carter gets more campaign money from California than Nevada

Q: Your campaign has raised $1.1 million, with 84% from out of state. Why should Nevadans vote for someone whose support comes from out of state?

CARTER: People should elect me because Iím going to refocus the government on we the people instead of the special interests.

ENSIGN: My opponent has actually raised more money in California than he has in Nevada. He says he wants to be Nevadaís voice in Washington, but if Nevadans arenít supporting him how can he be Nevadaís voice in Washington?

Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS (X-ref Carter) Oct 15, 2006

John Ensign: Nevadans need Nevada leaders with Nevada roots

My Nevada roots go back to my great-grandparents, who settled our state in the early 1900s. They created and passed down a work ethic and values of have integrity that I have embraced my entire life. Iíve tried to instill those Nevada values in my own children. We need proven Nevada leadership to keep Nevada strong. We need leaders with a deep understanding of our state. We need proven Nevada leadership to keep Nevada strong.
Source: Nevada 2006 Senate Debate, at KLAS in Las Vegas Oct 15, 2006

Jack Carter: There are certain values that are intuitive to all Americans

There are certain values that make us all a part of the American community. We honor liberty & democracy, and the rule of law enshrined in our Constitution. We love our families and respect our neighbors. We care for our sick, our poor, and our elderly. We educate our children. We believe in honesty and integrity, cooperation, fiscal responsibility, and sound business judgment. You do not need a college education or to slog through policy papers to understand these values intuitive to all Americans.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Carter for Nevada May 21, 2006

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