U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle says a series of anti-illegal immigrant ads linking rival Sen. Harry Reid to images of sullen, dark-skinned men and a map of Mexico are not anti-Hispanic.
A video obtained by The Associated Press shows Angle defending the ads to Hispanic students Friday in Las Vegas.
She said she is "not sure" the advertisements feature Hispanics and assured them that the TV spots are about border security.
Teacher Isaac Barron says the students were upset over the ads. Several pro-immigrant and Hispanic groups have denounced the spots as race-baiting attacks.
Angle has made Reid's efforts to help illegal immigrants become legal residents a central message of her campaign.
Reid is the Senate's top Democrat.
Cristina Silva is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has written for the Associated Press, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, the New York Daily News, Women's eNews and the Tampa Bay Times.