LAS VEGAS -- Republican candidate Sharron Angle's ideas about privatizing Social Security has mobilized the Nevada Alliance for Retired Americans to campaign against her.
The NARA describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan group, but its national chapter openly endorsed incumbent Nevada Senator Harry Reid months ago. Members of the Nevada Democratic Party say they helped run Wednesday's meeting and it was clear from the start, the group's agenda is to make sure Angle never makes it to Washington D.C.
"She's extreme. She's dangerous," said NARA President Scott Watt.
Watt called the emergency meeting. About 20 members of the chapter turned out to exchange warnings about Angle's ideas for privatizing or personalizing Social Security.
"She has said repeatedly that she wants to kill Social Security and Medicare," said Watt.
But on Fox News, Angle says she doesn't want to get rid of Social Security.
"That's nonsense. I want to privatize it so that the government can't keep raiding it," she said.
Angle's comments were made recently to the national media.
Despite numerous attempts by 8 News NOW to reach Angle for comment and clarification, no one from her campaign has returned our calls and e-mails over the past few days. As a result, there seems to be confusion, even misinformation, circulating locally about the Social Security debate and what Angle's plan would mean to the 400,000 Nevadans who rely on those benefits to survive.
The debate over privatizing social security certainly isn't new. It has surfaced many times and has even impacted the outcome of past elections. And it appears it may become a pivotal issue in this race for Senate.