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. samuel

    i think if slavery was existing today most republicans today would buy into it. they are immoral, wicked and against the least of christs brethren though touting christianity like the pharasees... hypocrites. they were in power for 8 years and never tried to solve the healthcare problem today people are trying to solve a problem and all the do is organise racially tinged tea parties... cursed idiots

    December 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. the Film Professor

    Harry is 100 per cent correct.

    Rethugs are nothing but naysayers and obstructionists, and they are on the WRONG side of history.

    December 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I agree that the health care bill is just like slavery because it should not be that long to make a decision on health care for every one to be able to see a physician that cannot afford to pay their way. This is ridiculus. I am sick of it. We elect our leaders and they cannot come together for the benefit of all people not just the elected official and the rich. We pay for the elected officials to have good health care. Why can't we have the same right of care? Think about all people as oppose to some people.

    December 7, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Mark, Phoenix

    Harry's right. The GOP just doesn't like hearing the truth.

    December 7, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Conservative in Texas

    Does Harry Reid not realize that it was the democrats in "favor of slavery" during the Civil War? And furthermore, we have heard those same excuses – from the likes of him and his other Democrat friends.

    December 7, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  6. george

    c'mon people ya know he's right.i'm black and i do have a good heath plan but most people without it are not white.Do better republicans!!! Do better.

    December 7, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Harry is one of those that has to deflect scrutiny from what is really going on, to another direction. It's his fellow Democrats that are the thorn in his side. Not the Republicans. But this asinine remark was totally out of line.

    December 7, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Old Farmboy

    It amazes me how stupid elected officials are. I'm not being Democrat or Republican here. I'm just being me. I really don't understand his comparison. Personally, I think he's talking out of parts of his anatomy that has bad breath. I come from south Georgia. I will be honest, that I don't care what a color is, and mine is white. We are people and this dump on the past that he is doing is wrong. Look people. I'm starting to see what is going on. Reid is trying to play on you. Don't let him. We are not black and we are not white. When it comes to our rights, we are the same.

    Don't forget that.

    December 7, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Harris Smith

    So, heres a history lesson senator: Abraham Lincoln was a REPUBLICAN, and slavery was supported by the southern DEMOCRATS. You should look it up sometime. It might shed some light on your ignorance.

    December 7, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  10. JAMEY

    So why exactly is the GOP whining this time? They have been on the wrong side of history for forever. From the Stock Market Crash to World War II to the most current Stock Market crash they have been on the wrong side.

    December 7, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Second Week of Advent- symbolic of Peace...Blessed be the peacemakers for their's is the Kingdom of Heaven

    I don't think the Health Care Bill issue is anything akin to slavery....just as in the past those who advocated for the freedom from there are those advocating essentially freedom for the fetus (free to live). There is an insistance that no federal dollars be used for abortions, as promised from the highest level of the US Government.

    Shame on you Harry to insult the citizenry this way.....

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

    Clue you in, everybody that is up for re-election will be replaced the people are sick of the government take over, you should know CNN you're bottom spot on cable news supporting their socialist agenda!

    December 7, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. mp's ok to compare the president of the USA to Hitler.....but Reid can't compare healthcare shenanigans to slavery shenanigans? right...

    December 7, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. paul

    The Republicans should not talk. They are the party that evolved as an anti slavery and anti discrimination party to the party of bigotry, right wing extremism, Southern Confederate Thinking, and hate. They now resemble the Old Confederacy than a modern thinking and centrist party

    December 7, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Dan Campbell

    What Mr. Reid failed to point out during his remarks was that those who dug in their heels and said slow down, it's too early, let's wait, things aren't bad enough were called Democrats. Not only did they say it during the times leading up to the Civil War but also they said it during the debates leading to the Civil Rights Act.

    December 7, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Jim

    Mr. Reid seems to have forgotten his history with regard to the insinuation of his remarks. Who was it "who dug their heels in" to support slavery? Was it, perchance, the Democrats, Mr. Reid? The *ahem* wealthy, southern, Democrats? Ah, yes. Always on the side of the little guy – the side that keeps them down, that is.

    Either that, or he knows his history and he's counting on those who are uneducated. I don't really support the GOP, but I sure don't support these guys. Don't trust any politician. Do your homework. Then, when you've decided for yourself, join me in voting out every incumbent.

    December 7, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  17. Dr. Kristin Rao

    Nonsense. Senator is right. He will retain his Senate seat next year. Stop spreading false poll numbers.
    Dr. Kristin Rao.

    December 7, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. N

    Its obnoxious for reid to suggest that the republicans can be blamed for slowing down health care.

    The problems are rampant in his own party.

    December 7, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. nicholas

    Reid did nothing wrong,he is just calling out the republicans which is what the entire Dem party should be doing. the republicans are steadfast in their attempts to ensure that universal health care fails.they know that if the measure passes, it will work and that they will be history, so the best way to prevent that is to kill all attempts to pass the measure.

    truth of the matter is, NOW IS THE TIME TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM................EITHER NOW OR NEVER

    December 7, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Well, the truth shall set you free. Way to go Sen. Reid.

    December 7, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Keli

    Reid is about the biggest idiot around along with Pelosi and Obama right behind them. I can't believe this group is leading the US. What a joke!

    December 7, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  22. SamSixpack

    Reid thinks he can magically summon up the support of black people by crying "racist!" Is that a racist attitude - or what? Hypocrite!

    December 7, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. just joe

    I guess old sad sack Harry forgot that dems are the party that has kept us black man down for the past 150 years. They're called books Harry read one sometime you might learn something.

    December 7, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. Old Farmboy

    Strange. For some reason, I haven't seen any rememberance of Pearl Harbor. Have we forgotten?

    December 7, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Mark Morris

    One problem.....southern democrats opposed slavery reform and civil rights amendments, but why let facts vet in the way. I hope this idot enjoys his last days in Washington.

    December 7, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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