December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
4 years 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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  1. Dex Houston TX

    Harry Reid speaks the truth. Republicans have made it perfectly that they haved no intentions on supporting President Obams on anything. Republicans have decided to follow Jim Demint's plan to destroy any healthcare reform under by this administration. Demint says "If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo," ...need I say more!
    Republicans don't care about the American people they only care about winning by any means necessary


    December 7, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Reid's unemployment check

    The fact is that Reid and the Democrats supported Communist dictatorships because they gave free health care to all their citizens. They also supported the Holocaust because the Jews got free health care from "Dr" Mengele

    December 7, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Eric (Atlanta)

    That is so stupid. When I read the headline I was outraged, but upon reviewing the Senator's comment it only became more apparent that the Republicans don't get it.

    December 7, 2009 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Sam

    the comparison is clearly off, but Reid is right. the republicans have always opposed and lost when big changes come in history.

    December 7, 2009 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Judy McKeand

    I am beginning to think Senator Reid is becoming mentally impaired. It seems that his comments of late are absolutely without reason and are hateful towards anyone who disagrees with him....primarily conservatives/Republicans.

    December 7, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Harry, you are right. That is all they can do. They are doing it again with their complaints about your dead on remarks.

    They did this with Medicare and Social Security but they are Johnny on the spot for anything that benefits big corporations. You are on the right side of history. Don't let Rethuglicans or Blue Dogs stop your good work.

    December 7, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Diane

    Go Harry!! Time to get a backbone. All of the horrid things the Republicans say about Democrats on the floor and they never get called out about them in the media. Really tired of it.

    December 7, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. Carol Kuenzli

    I am so sick of Harry Reid and the other Democrats saying all these lies.all the time and getting away with it. It is so disgusting.

    December 7, 2009 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Max Par in NY

    We will never make any progress on healthcare as long as republicans drag their heels and pretend the USA is number one in everything possible. Thats how dumb they are...they can't even read a list detailing how country's rank in over all health care (ps- we're number 30...its a hint)

    December 7, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  10. dave

    poor choice of words? maybe... but there is a lot of truth in his statement too.

    December 7, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  11. Hayden

    Not at all surprising coming from Reid. Perhaps he should remember such items from American History as the Solid South and the Civil Rights Struggle. The Democratic party, from which so many Jim Crow legislators came from, should be the last to cast stones.

    December 7, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  12. Jason

    Laughable coming from the party that didn't do much to stop the Barak "HUSSEIN" Obama garbage during the election. All the republicans are trying to do is stall. Yes we might be moving fast, but it also might be the only chance we get.

    December 7, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    Absurd comment which, if said by a republican leader, would lead to his resignation from leadership, as it should. Reid is a disgrace of a Senator. Why is this not a bigger story? When Trent Lott made his comments, which were equally as dumb, it was front page until he resigned.

    Biden last week talked about hangings being needed. Where was that story?

    Anyone who thinks there is a right-wing media bias is full of themselves.

    December 7, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Of course he's right. That's why they're called reactionaries. But you can't say that and get away with it...

    December 7, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. Rich

    Good! A Democrat (Reid) said something controversial related to slavery. Pick on HIM! Hound him out of office! Grill him!

    December 7, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    You don't do that. There's no comparison. I wonder what made him say that?

    That's just wrong, he could have used another example and a good one for that matter. But slavery? Not a cool comparison and in those days, slavery was arguably fought for economic, domestic and of course, constitutional reasons. It was even economical. Maybe I can be sympathetic and sentimental to understand the true meaning behind his assertion but slavery is not the way to do it.

    December 7, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. tonyt

    These Are The Same GOPs who said and say nothing about some of the most offensive Political party signs ever displayed at there political events!

    Mouth sealed, Eyes Shut!

    December 7, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Roymg

    Uhhh...I think on the civil rights vote way back that mostly Democats were against the bill and not Republicans. Come on your history!!!!!!

    December 7, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  19. Steve T.

    If Harry Reid knew anything about history, he would know that it was the party of LIncoln, the Republicans, that were fighting to END SLAVERY and that the Democrats were the ones SUPPORTING it. But then again, Reid has never cared much for the facts.

    December 7, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Bev

    I think it is hilarious!!

    The Republicans won't even have to campaign for the 2010 elections-they can just kick back, watch and laugh--as the Democrats destroy themselves and help the Republicans to kick butt in 2010.

    The 2010 elections are going to be HILARIOUS-–when MANY Democrats--including Reid-–are sent to the unemployment lines.

    Reid already screwed up-by verbally threatening/insulting one of the largest papers in Las Vegas-–and now this.

    Enjoy your remaining months in office Harry!!!

    December 7, 2009 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. paulinrachacha

    What an arragant and ignorant idiot! He is a disgrace and never ceases to amaze me the position he holds with so little grasp of reality!

    December 7, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. MO

    unfortunately its the republican party thats in denial for sporting "slavery" today. And don't get me wrong about this, I think Harry Reid isn't efficient at his job. In general, I think most in congress are in LA LA land as well.

    An Obama supporter.

    December 7, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. nathan smith ga

    well the point is harry reid is exactly right. a vote for healthcare is a vote on the right side of history. good for you senator reid.

    December 7, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  24. Rob

    I can't wait until the people of Nevada send you packing for good!

    December 7, 2009 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. kevin

    I would say Reid was right on track in this case. Just as with slavery, it is the slow-changing and/or profit-centered folks who are slowing the process. It's not like he called them Nazis or something....

    December 7, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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