December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Republicans rip Reid for slavery remarks

Harry Reid is being targeted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Harry Reid is being targeted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Washington (CNN) – Republicans on Monday were quick to pounce on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, for comparing the battle over health care to the battle over the legacy of slavery.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee purchased a Web ad on the popular Drudge Report asking readers: "Do you agree with Harry Reid?"

Those who click on the ad are taken to an NRSC Web site called "Health Care Task Force," which asks readers to sign a petition and "stand up to Harry Reid and his insulting remarks."

Reid, who is in danger of losing his re-election bid next year, made the remarks Monday morning on the floor of the Senate.

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans can come up with is this: slow down, stop everything, let's start over," Reid said.

"If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said slow down, it's too early, let's wait, things aren't bad enough."


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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. rea

    Harry Reid said nothing wrong in making his point on how the republicans are not supported of health care reform. The republicans just want to make his statements sound insulting Harry is calling it just like it is, Republicans are the ones who insult the American People by not supporting health care reform.

    December 7, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Lamar

    Most of the people who were actually tried to stop the abolishment of slavery as well as stop civil rights were Democrats if you check history.

    December 7, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. AKgrandma

    The saying, "You know you've won when they start calling you names," just continues to assure me that I'm on the right side.

    December 7, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Joe

    What Mr. Reid trying to say that the American government had something to do with slavery. No, the American government had nothing to do with slavery. Slavery was a necessity to the economy regardless how bad their situation was, and every black that had a slave as a family member ought to be proud of their accomplishments. Go to Africa, and I bet you you find a black person that is cussing his grandparents captors for living them behind. I do not oppose Government run health care. I am a veteran having my heath taking care by the VA.

    December 7, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. Michael

    None of these high powered jokers have any credibility because of them have even read the bill. It calculates human life with a mathematical formula. The weak , retarded, sick and old shall be the first to go, but least you'll have affordable health insurance!

    December 7, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. StephenRex

    Uh, check your history books, Harry (or wait, you'll soon be in them when ur career ends): Dems not only supported slavery overwhelmingly, they also tried their hardest to block civil rights legislation.

    December 7, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. MARK

    Senator Reid's days are numbered in the US Senate. We won't have to listen to his stupid comments much longer.

    December 7, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Bob of Lompoc

    Senator Reid is 100% correct. The same mentality that stood against emancipation of the slaves, the U. S. joining the League of Nations at the end of W W I (the Republican controlled Senate killed that), Universal Sufferage, the Minimum Wage, the National Labor Relations Act (the right of people to organize Labor Unions to bargain for their wages and working conditions), the Social Security Act, Medicare, and any progressive legislation that would move the Nation forward, isf the same mentality that now states "go slow" on Health Care Reform. These people, and let us be honest, they are virtually all Republicans, don't really want to "go slow" – they want to stop Health Care Reform from ever becoming Law.

    December 7, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Stan_DC

    I believe in every instance that Harry mentioned the party that was trying to hold everything up were the Democrats. He should know, he was around for most of them.

    December 7, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. H. Tripp

    Reid was right in his comments on wanting to slow down the debate on slavery, the debate on women's rights, and the debate on civil rights. What he failed to point out was that it was the Democratic Party that wanted to slow or stop the debate on slavery, women's rights and especially the civil rights movement. Guess he forgot that part!

    December 7, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Jerry

    I support Harry Reid's comment.

    December 7, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. BofDC

    Im black and see nothing wrong with this statement. The republicans are getting more and more ignorant as the days go on.

    December 7, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  13. usualone

    The Republicans are going to dig in their heels about every Democrat's decisions unless it has to do with war actions. That's for sure!

    December 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Avi Shlomo

    Republicans standing up against slavery that is Oxymoron or perhaps as usual opportunists. Republicans always on the wrong side of history.

    December 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. Obamalot

    Typical dem, trying to play the race card, but he's not black, won't count. Where's Jesse and Al???

    December 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  16. JOSH GREEN

    reid is a jerk!!!
    the libs were the ones who liked slavery, and still do!

    December 7, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. llinmpls

    I'd be with Reid EXCEPT they are all selling out to the insurance companies. How is it that HEALTH care is run by INSURANCE companies anyway? When did they become experts in medicine? And why are the people we elect to office working for them and not the voters? Vote out the incumbents and show them who they really work for. The only thing that will happen after the "health care reform" is we are going to be giving insurance companies more money. (did we bail them out too?? I can't remember)

    December 7, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. BRZ

    Remind me again what party Lincoln belonged to. Oh, and what about Jefferson Davis?

    December 7, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  19. ohio

    to funny, had a republican said that, the libs would have censured him or worse, what a hippocrite

    December 7, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. JWR

    Harry Reid is correct in his assessment. The same attitude still exists when change is discussed. If anyone thinks he is wrong, just research some reasons given for upholding slavery, apartheid, women voting, and now we find that 300 million Americans are not worth health care reform. 300 million Americans being treated like they are unworthy of basic health care. Wait until the country swells to 350 million, then what?

    December 7, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. Joe

    Put the country first:
    Why is that republicans will support any measures that help foreign countries yet when it comes to helping americans they call it warefare, they talk abt rising debt. When I was kidergarten my teacher told me charity begins at home. America is my home, let charity begin here

    December 7, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Michael Lewis

    Ried, you are an idiot. It was your party that stod in the way of emancipation in Lincoln,s time, and tried to block the equal rights act of 1964.

    December 7, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Hell Has Frozen Over

    What's amazing is that CNN is actually publishing news that diminishes the democratic party! That should be the headline!

    But I'm sure CNN will put a positive spin on this to hide the truth about the liberals.

    December 7, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  24. Stephen

    Harry Reid is correct - there were people who dug in their heels back in the 1850s and 1860s when it came to maintaining slavery. They were called "Democrats."

    December 7, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  25. Joe

    Well, Reid's disaster of a bill DOES give free health care to illegal immigrants who work for slave wages so , yes, Reid is right. This IS all about keeping slavery in this country by continuing to enslave the illegals while whitey Reid plays golf with his minions. What a douche.

    December 7, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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