LAS VEGAS (The Blaze/AP) — Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle is seen in a new video making an unusual comment about race, telling a group of Hispanic students that some of them look "a little more Asian."
In a meeting with Hispanic students Friday, Angle defended campaign ads that lean on images of dark-skinned men to blast rival Harry Reid's record on illegal immigration. She claims she didn't know the people in the TV spots were Hispanic.
A new video of the meeting released by the Las Vegas Sun on Monday shows the Republican candidate arguing that it is difficult to pinpoint someone's race.
She tells the Hispanic students that some of the students look "a little more Asian" and says she herself has been called Nevada's first Asian legislator. Angle is white:
Transcript via the Las Vegas Sun:
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. [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] 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.
Sun Reporter Jon Ralston says he has "no idea what she is talking about" regarding the Asian legislator comment. However, as Angle seems to be making the point that it is easy to confuse people's looks with their ethnicity, she could be commenting that others have said she looks like an Asian.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.