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Sharron Angle to Harry Reid: It's Not Your Job to Create Jobs

Sharron Angle in Thursday's Nevada Senate debate
Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, left, speaks as moderator Mitch Fox, center, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listen during a televised Nevada Senate debateThursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Las Vegas.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

In tonight's Nevada Senate debate, Republican candidate Sharron Angle hammered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over a legislator's role in generating economic growth. "Once again, Harry Reid: It's not your job to create jobs," she said, after moderator Mitch Fox asked both candidates if job creation was part of a Senator's job description.

"I believe my job is to create the policies that will encourage private sector to do what they do best," she said.

"That'd be a no," Fox prompted, pushing for a firm yes or no answer to his question. 

"We need to get back to work," Angle said. "The way we do that is by encouraging the private sector to do what they do best. [Employers] are in a cloud of uncertainty and they're holding back $2 trillion that they would like to invest in jobs ... They have lost confidence because of things like Obamacare."

At 14.4 percent, Nevada's unemployment rate is the highest in the country, nearly 5 points above that of the national average.


Lucy Madison
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