Angle Sidesteps Questions in Surprise TV Interview

By Cristina Silva, Michael R. Blood | October 29, 2010 | 6:01 PM EDT

(AP) - Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle sidestepped questions Friday from TV reporters who tracked her to the airport, the latest evidence of a strategy to mostly stay away from the media in her dead-heat race with Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reporters from the CBS and NBC affiliates surprised the tea party favorite at McCarran International Airport, where they asked her questions about national security and unemployment.

Angle responded, "I will answer those questions when I am the senator."

Pressed further, she added, "The two wars that we are in right now are exactly what we are in."

Upset at the interview tactics, Angle's campaign later told the two news stations they are no longer invited to the candidate's election night party next week.

The brief encounter came on a day when a new poll found the candidates neck-and-neck in a contest that will be crucial in the fight for control of the Senate.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, Republican 2008 presidential nominee, was expected to headline a Las Vegas rally for Angle, while Reid planned to fire up supporters with Filipino boxing champion and politician Manny Pacquiao at his side.

The poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV 8NewsNow found Angle had 49 percent to 45 percent for Reid. The four-point difference remains within the poll's margin of error, making the race a dead heat. Three percent said they're still undecided, 1 percent said they support someone else and 2 percent said they want none of the above, an option on the Nevada ballot.

The telephone survey of 625 Nevada voters was conducted this week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research of Washington, D.C.

Angle has long fashioned herself as an outsider in the GOP, but McCain's appearance will signal she has prominent support in the Washington GOP establishment.

Since a debate two weeks ago, Angle has made only a handful of public appearances and her interaction with the media has become virtually nonexistent. Her campaign says she spends much of her time going door to door in rural Nevada or attending private fundraisers.