September 1st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
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No love for Harry Reid on the Tea Party Express

Kareann Harris of Las Vegas shows her disapproval with Reid.
Kareann Harris of Las Vegas shows her disapproval with Reid.

Las Vegas, NEVADA (CNN) - As the Tea Party Express rolls out of Las Vegas, there is at least one person who may be glad to see it go: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"There's been kind of an underground gathering of opponents of Harry Reid," said Mark Williams, one of the organizers of the cross country conservative caravan that is making its way towards Washington.

Williams says that dislike of the Nevada Democrat is one of the key factors that is driving people to come out to the five Nevada stops on the tour. With Reid not being up for election until 2010, Williams says people are using the tea parties to come together and vent their frustration with the state's senior senator.

Protesters at a tea party event in Sparks, Nevada drew a rather unflattering caricature of the senator and taped it to the door of a port-a-pottie.

In Winnemucca, Nevada Deborah Johns, another tour organizer, won big applause when she brought up Reid.

"It's time to let Harry Reid know it's time to go back to searchlight," she said, referring to Reid's hometown in Nevada. "When he gets there the lights are going to be out."

In Las Vegas, Kareann Harris came out with a sign that read, "Harry wants Vegas Unemployed" on one side and "Las Vegas Wants Harry Unemployed" on the other.

"Harry Reid is doing nothing for the people here," she said. Harris also took issue with comments President Obama made in February disparaging companies receiving federal bailout money from traveling on corporate junkets to places like Las Vegas.

"You can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime," Obama said at a town hall then.

The president's comments worried many in Las Vegas, a city with an economy that relies heavily on tourism.

"When Barack Obama spoke against the city of Las Vegas Harry Reid laid down and took it," Harris said. "Harry should have stood up for us."

Barbara Goldman, a retired New York City teacher who now lives in Las Vegas, agreed with Harris.

"I don't like the fact that when Obama told corporations not to come here to do their conventions, [Reid] said nothing."

A registered Republican, Goldman said she voted for Reid in his last election - a decision she now regrets. Her sign was a bit more simple: "Dump Reid"

Meanwhile, Reid's office sent a young staffer, Sean Kennedy, on the road to trail the caravan as it made its way across the Silver State. He has videotaped each event.

Williams made a point of introducing Kennedy at each of the rallies and spoke directly into Kennedy's camera to address the Nevada senator.

"Your going down pal! This is our country, it's not your country, it's not your fiefdom Mr. Reid!" he said at the Winnemucca stop to much approval from the crowd.

Sharron Angle hitched a ride on the tea party express as it made its way to Las Vegas. She served four terms in the Nevada State Assembly and expects to run in next year's Republican Senate primary.

"He says he works hard for us but we have 13.1 percent unemployment right here in Las Vegas. We are down 27 percent in tourism," Angle after addressing the crowd at the Las Vegas stop.

Angle thinks that if she can tap into the passion on display at the tea parties she might have a chance against the top Democrat in the Senate.

"These are just regular folks," Angle said as she surveyed the crowd, "and they're not wanting to join the choir, they're wanting to join the army."

The tea party tour is now headed to Flagstaff, Arizona.


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soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    I sure wish I had free time to ride around the country on a tour bus and get media publicity, but I have a job and have to work.Don't these people have jobs and if they can afford to do this then I guess they can also afford the taxes that were pushed on them by the BUSH administration, not the current one. Some of those on the right say these people have a right to complain just like the ones that complained about the war in the Bush years. Well I agree that they do and what did the marchers and opponents to the Iraq war get? NOTHING!! The war still went on...so these tea baggers more than likely are wasting their time and money as well. In what is supposed to be a down over taxed economy, these far right groups sure are able to find the money to rent busses, print t-shirts and travel from coast to coast.

    September 1, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Hugo

    Japan just showed their liberal Democratic party the door after some 30 odd years of their destroying their economy. 2010 will be Americas turn, pack your bags Harry, Nancy, Barney,Kerry and the likes, we will do it for Teddy!

    September 1, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Jai

    Interesting that participants don't want tax dollars spent on health care, but they're fine with corporate CEO's spending their money to hold conventions in Vegas. Talk about not having priorities straight....

    September 1, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. mabel floyd

    well here they go again-the republicans want to kick put a moral man who actually lives the REAL family values, ie–no cheating on your spouse , children or your constitutions , no voting for to protect big business, no forcing your religious views on others, assisting people with problems,helping to pass laws that help people and communities with their problems. no the republicans like people like vitters, ennis, gov sanford,
    the problem with the nutty right wing is they could care less what "their" people do–as long as they do not get caught–are against choice–seperation of church and state, stem cell research and the people having control of their lives. what a sad bunch of so-called human being who think they are christians.

    September 1, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Tony

    I'm surprised leftist CNN is actually covering this.

    September 1, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. David

    So you say conservative tea baggers don't like Harry Reid. How is this news? Come on CNN, there are plenty of other things happening in the world that would have merit in discussing. This is a non-story.

    September 1, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Student in Iowa

    Shouldn't this group of conservatives who are making their way across country go back home, and maybe try and support their family? Are they all unemployed? And can they really leave their families in these tough times to go argue across the country? Maybe they should go back and try to lower the unemployment rate for the rest of us.

    September 1, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. rich

    Another republican hate rally. Go republicans. Why were these people not having any rallies when bush was in office. He took us from a surplust to a deficit. Not to mention he created this disaster. What a joke. In the article above a person said "I don't like the fact that when Obama told corporations not to come here to do their conventions, [Reid] said nothing." Where is his proof and where did he get his information. Maybe he was listening to the biggest liar and the leader of the republican party limbaugh. More lies and more hate. republicans need to learn what facts are. For you republicans who do not know what a fact is the dictionary defines it as "something that actually exists; reality; truth."

    September 1, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Bubba

    I vote Democrat, and I'd be glad to see Reid's contentious mouth retired as well, but if this is a sample of his opposition I don't think he has to worry about re-election. A

    September 1, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. m jeff

    I guess the teabagging, townhallers support government bailout money being wasted by cooperate greed on these luxury hotels and vacations in Las Vegas.

    September 1, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. franco

    Dirty Harry and botox Nancy bring shame to the US Congress. What has happen to the statesmen of yesterday: Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, T Roosevelt, Truman, Reagan? Several years ago, Robert Bork authored "Slouching Towards Gomorrah". We are now at its doors.

    September 1, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. tjaman

    If I run around in the street with a sign will CNN report my complete lack of interest in anything these pinheads have to say?

    September 1, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Are you smarter than an Obama?

    Harry Reid is a fool...

    Nice job Liberals for electing this tool...

    September 1, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. bob in LA

    These Tea Party people have drunk the Kool-Aid.
    You seldom hear anything of any substance from them when they criticize a politician. They target only Democrats regardless of what the issue they are uninformed on.
    To the Madhatter heading all this- look at bills in their entirty and see who is behind them- you might be amazed at the sponsors!

    September 1, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. huladeb

    I love that Harry Reid sent someone to videotape. He probably thought he could catch someone on tape saying something that he could use to embarrass the movement. Instead it is being used to send him messages. Perfect.

    September 1, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. notfooledbydistractions

    Ok, they have the right to their opinions, but I question their intelligence in light of their actions. These aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer we're talking about.

    September 1, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. JerseyMike

    Harry needs to be gone and gone soon. How will it look for Democrats to lose their majority leader to re-election in 2010. Its 1994 all over again!!

    September 1, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. russell

    Isn't ironic that most of these people are white, and then again how come they did not start this tea party drive when republicans had control of the white house and congress , how come they did organize when B

    September 1, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. tad

    It is really too bad for Sen. Reid, he has been caught up in the growing dislike for his do nothing Senate. There has been a great deal of finger pointing, verbal arguments and blame from both sides. Kinda reminds you of a third grade class or one of my family gatherings. Problem is it appears nothing will get done with the amount of dislike and distrust on both congressional floors. MAYBE IT IS TIME FOR TERM LIMITS

    September 1, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. russell

    How come they didn't organize when Bush was sending our men and woman off to a foriegn land to die , how come they didn't organize when Cheney and Bush started tapping phones and computers of it's own American citizens , these people are a bunch of neo nazi republicans , now they have something to say after eight years of mismanagement of our country , oh but wait now everythings a problem because nowthat there's a black president , how hypocritical

    September 1, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. ED FL

    I am one of thousands of Democrats that would love to see Reid and his shadow Pelosi get kicked out of office even if it means putting the GOP crooks back in chage.

    September 1, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Brian0901

    These Tea Party protestors are losers. Get a life, morons!

    September 1, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Bill from CA

    I wonder how many of these people are actual residents of Nevada (or each state they disrupt town halls in), vs. just hacks bussed in by the GOP. I heard a lot of criticism from these people, but no real substance as to what they think Reid has done wrong. The state's unemployment is far more the fault of the lousy Bush economy and the state leadership's policies are more tied to unemployment than anything Reid can do. This "Tea Party Express" is really quite the joke.

    September 1, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. Dave

    I suppose that tea bagging (they still don't know the other meaning do they?) group has to make noise.

    September 1, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Not Wild about Harry

    Reid is a trip. How did he ever get elected? How in the world did he become Senate Majority Leader? He and Pelosi represent what's wrong with Washington. When I hear them talk, all I hear is a high-pitched buzzing sound.

    September 1, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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