Sharron Angle, the tea party conservative from Nevada, urged Utahns of all stripes to help her “take out” the most powerful man in the U.S. Senate: Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Quickly editing her words to say she wanted to “defeat” Reid in the November election, Angle’s remark inspired laughter from an audience that welcomed her broader message that Americans want their government to return to the principles of the U.S. Constitution, to cut spending and to cut the deficit. She also took a sidelong swipe at her Democratic opponent’s charge that she is extreme by describing the grass-roots movement she represents.
“This is mainstream America,” she said, describing a call to action that has drawn so many to the tea party. “This [movement] is folks that really understand we’ve got to get up off our big, fat sofas and do something. We’re not sure what it is, but we’ve heard the call” to participate.
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