Sen. Harry Reid's supporters and advocates for the autistic Wednesday called on GOP challenger Sharron Angle to apologize for her remarks opposing government-mandated health insurance coverage for the developmental disorder.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a Washington, D.C.-based group that led a Las Vegas news conference to denounce Angle, also launched a petition to support the apology request.
"I don't really know how or why her comments were made," said Bradley Anderson, a local 25-year-old with autism who spoke for the network. "But I'm here to ask that Mrs. Angle apologize."
Angle's autism remarks came last year at a Tea Party rally in Winnemucca. Democrats distributed the video. Like many Republicans, Angle believes government shouldn't require specific health insurance coverage, but instead let companies offer basic policies with add-ons to spur competition and cut costs.