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Angle Caught on Tape Again, Tells Latino Students They ‘Look a Little More Asian’

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Republican Sharron Angle is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

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For the second time in two days a controversial video has surfaced of Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle addressing a group of Hispanic teenagers at Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston offered up the latest clip
, which shows Angle telling the students that some of them look more Asian than Latino.

Here’s the full transcript of her remarks at the event, which took place last Friday:

“So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and,
you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a
little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. What we know, what we know
about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My
grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been
called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.”

The Angle campaign later told Ralston that her remark about being “called the first Asian legislator” came from a comment by a reporter who thought she looked Asian.

On Sunday, Ralston put forward another video in which Angle tells the students that images of Latinos in one of her campaign ads may not be Latinos.

Except, Angle has already run into trouble with the ad for using a photograph — taken by a British photographer in 2006 of Mexican farmers in Mexico — now licensed by Getty Images for editorial work.

As the Washington Post and others have reported, Angle’s campaign incorporated the image into a campaign ad and laid text over it that read “illegal aliens.”

Here’s the full transcript of the clip from Ralston:

Question: “Why is it that in all of your commercials you have the
image of Latinos? What do you see when you hear, and I quote, ‘illegal

Angle: “I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials. I’m not
sure that those are Latinos in that commercial. What it is, is a fence
and there are people coming across that fence. What we know is that
our northern border is where the terrorists came through. That’s the
most porous border that we have. We cannot allow terrorists; we cannot
allow anyone to come across our border if we don’t know why they’re
coming. So we have to secure all of our borders and that’s what that
was about, is border security. Not just our southern border, but our
coastal border and our northern border.”

Angle’s meeting with the students was first reported by Christina Silva of the Associated Press.


We’ve found another rare case in which the head of the Democratic Party has appeared in an advertisement to support a member of his own party in the 2010 elections.

President Obama lends his voice to this radio ad for California Senator Barbara Boxer, who faces a serious challenge from Republican Carly Fiorina.

“Make no mistake California: we can’t go back. I’ve stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Barbara Boxer through the tough fights. I believe California needs her and I know I need her,” Obama says in the ad.

You can listen to it here.

President Obama will also campaign for Boxer in California later this month. The Morning Line also highlighted an ad the president recorded for U.S. House candidate Cedric Richmond in New Orleans.

President Obama is still popular in both areas, while nationwide his approval rating is low. The Gallup daily tracking poll has him at a 46 percent approval rating and 46 percent disapproval rating.


In one of the more bizarre moments of the 2010 campaign season, a journalist trying to ask questions of Alaskan Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller was handcuffed and detained by Miller’s security guards after a town hall meeting at an Anchorage middle school.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger was surrounded and handcuffed by Miller’s men, who were from a security company called Drop Zone. Anchorage police released Hopfinger when they arrived and no one has been charged with a crime.

Hopfinger, who was holding a small video camera, said he was
attempting to draw out a statement from Miller on why he was
disciplined by the Fairbanks North Star Borough when Miller worked
there as a part-time attorney. After Miller walked away, Hopfinger
said, he was surrounded by Miller supporters and security guards and
felt threatened, so he pushed one of them away.

The security agents also tried to prevent other reporters at the town hall from taking pictures of Hopfinger or talking with him.

Miller’s team claims that because it rented the school for the event, the editor was trespassing and it had the right to detain him.

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