December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
11 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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  1. Chris

    I for one believe that when slaves were freed in America, it was time for ALL slaves to begin earning their way without a new Master -- the US government. No one is owed a nickel for being given a chance to be a part of this great country! What bigger payment than freedom? Keep expecting handouts and slavery will always exist.

    December 7, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Roark

    Interesting. A democrat makes an inappropriate comment, yet the article mainly focuses on the republican respone and ad. Harry Reid's remarks were ridiculous and inappropriate–how about focusing a little more on the actual event, the news of the event.

    December 7, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. JoJo

    Things must be going well for the Democrats if they can take time from their very busy days in the Senate to have Harry berate and insult the Republicans. Perhaps this was Obama's great idea when he showed up at the Capital yesterday?

    December 7, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. roadmouth

    This is despicable.

    When will the Democrats cease this constant denigration of anyone who has a policy disagreement? Teabaggers? Nazis? Is this the way decent people speak of their countrymen? Where are the leaders of this country?

    I am hurt to be compared to a slave owner simply because I disagree with a bill before Congress.

    December 7, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    okay...so who did drag their heels on getting rid of slavery?

    Dems or Repubs..........

    oh yeah it was the Dems

    December 7, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. JWL

    Was Abraham Lincoln a Democrat?

    December 7, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. ib

    Reid is disgusting. He should be voted out of office next year. This remark is plum stupid.

    December 7, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Rob

    I am a republican and I do not like Harry Reid or his policies. I think his comments were inappropriate, but I don't think he meant that if you oppose this health care reform, you are for slavery. I think what he is saying is that "yes this is a big undertaking, but sometimes you just have to do it". The things he mentioned were huge things, and many said they were wrong, but they were not. I hope the bill does not pass, but I don't think Reid meant it the way it was taken. But of course, had a Republican said it, the Dems would be all over him. Politicians live for this and jump at every chance. I hate the divisive angry politics that go on these days. And I am sure this chat board will get hateful comments.

    December 7, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Anti Partisan

    As an anti-partisan independent, please explain how it is that a Democrat can make a racially insensitive comment! I was informed by Democrat friends that only Republicans were racist. I'm so confused.

    December 7, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. Carole Brindley

    The lying on Harry Reid's part is mind boggling. I believe he thinks he can tell any lie and get away with it. The Republicans were the ones who opposed slavery, not Democrats. He obviously has such disdain for the American people thinking few of us have studied history.
    Unfortunately, the Democrats handling of education has almost rendered this true.
    He should be so ashamed, but unfortunately he doesn't seem to feel any remorse for his lies.

    December 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Letmeout

    What kind of people put someone like this in office? This country can not survive with leaders like this. Why would anyone listen to him or Pelosi?

    December 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  12. Hawkeye

    Harry Reid is a sad frustrated fraud who knows he won't be a senator for much longer.Come November it will be over for Harry and his fellow Marxists.Once he is out of the senate Harry can then settle down with his long time boyfriend Barney Frank.

    December 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. SICKOFIT

    I most definately agree with Hary Reid. I have paid close attention to the health debate of which all I have heard from the "NO" group is NO.
    I know they want to see Obama loose everything he has promised to do. You could possible understand some of their objections, if they would come up with IDEAS to counter the Dems ideas. but they think everyone is as dumb as those TEABAGGING idiots who are leading them. I f I had the power, they would have to return every penny of the tax payers money they've received for their salary AND HEALTH INSURANCE because they HAVE NOT EARNED A PENNEY OF IT.

    December 7, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    What an embarrassment for Nevada. Harry Reid is deranged!

    December 7, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  15. T in NV

    Reid never said that Health Care Reform = Slavery. He was stating that the opposition to ending slavery, the oppostion to giving woman the right to vote and so forth were being obstructionists. The oppositionists of the time were stating..."Slow down. There will be another time to do this, but let's not do it now". He never even called out the party that was being obstructionists (at the time of the legislation).

    These Republican Senators need to learn READING AND LISTENING COMPREHENSION!!!!

    And why doesn't someone correct them?

    December 7, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. bill

    Hey Harry, sorry it's the Dems. that actually hold the Americans in slavery.

    Does the quote from Detriot sound about right " OBAMA'S STASH "

    December 7, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    On this comparison, Left Harry Reid, is right, if you wanna know the truth.

    December 7, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Name that party

    The party that was for slavery before and during the Civil War was none other than the Democratic party.

    December 7, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. mjm

    "In order to smooth those time series one needs to “pad” the series beyond the end time, and no matter what method one uses, this leads to a smoothed graph pointing downwards in the end whereas the smoothed instrumental series is pointing upwards — a divergence. So Mann’s solution was to use the instrumental record for padding, which changes the smoothed series to point upwards as clearly seen in UC’s figure (violet original, green without “Mike’s Nature trick”)."

    Tree rings my sniffit....the data was doctored to arrive at their desired conclusion. They wanted global warming so they got it.

    Global Warming is man made...man made up.

    December 7, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  20. Greg

    He didn't compare it to "Slavery". He compared it to the Civil Rights Movement. My god, when will this media manipulation end? CNN is trying to be like FOX now.

    December 7, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Brad

    Not that it is unique to one party, Reid's comments are irresponsible. My family has been without insurance for long periods before and we were always able to get the healthcare we truly needed. It is our responsibility to help one another. Voting for a government "solution" is not helping one another, it is allowing those in government to grab yet more power. Consider that someone whose policies you do not like will at one time or another be in power in the country. How much power do you want them to have? Reid is not concerned about the uninsured or the poor, he is only concerned about his own political career.

    December 7, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. Smart person

    Why Harry Reid has a job is beyond me. Americans need to wake up and realize that Congress really runs the country. In order to change this country congress needs to be overhauled, not with Republicans or Democrats but people with fresh ideas. This country will not be fixed with people that have made a career of doing nothing for the people but everything for themselves.

    December 7, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. FL

    Comparing healthcare reform to abolishing slavery is just plain dumb, and is intended to incite race issues. My guess is that there are just as many poor, white, uninsured people in this country as there are poor, uninsured people of any other race. This isn't a race issue and it shouldn't be made into one. Shame on Reid.

    December 7, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Andrew

    What he doesn't tell you is that it was Democrats who didn't want to end slavery and who also didn't want integration. Idiot.

    December 7, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  25. chris

    Reid is a disgrace. If a conservative said that it would be the first story on every news channel.

    December 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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