Could Secret Tape Hurt Angle's Nev. Senate Bid?

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A secretly taped recording may hurt Republican candidate Sharron Angle's chances of winning Nevada's Senate seat in this year's midterm elections.

In a tape obtained by the Las Vegas Sun, the Tea Party favorite is caught trying to cajole candidate Scott Ashjian into dropping his bid for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Senate seat.

"I believe you can do some real harm, not to Harry Reid but to me," Angle told Ashjian, according to audio recordings posted on LasVegasSun.com. "I'm not sure you can win and I'm not sure I can win if you're hurting my chances. And that's the part that scares me."

Angle later assures him that she can use her "juice" to open doors for him in Washington. 

"You want to see DeMint? I have juice with DeMint. I go to Washington D.C. and I say, 'I want to see Jim DeMint,' he's right there for me. I say 'I wanna see Tom Coburn,' he's right there for me." I want to see Mitch McConnell, he's there," she said. 

Angle also panned the GOP leadership, saying they have "lost their standards.  They have lost their principles." 

According to the Sun, the taped conversation portrays Angle, who has presented herself as a conservative outsider in contrast to Reid, as a conventional politician.

Angle has not disputed the authenticity of the recordings.  According to her campaign, she was expressing the frustrations experienced by Nevada working families who want "blunt, plainspoken leaders who are willing to shake things up."

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