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. Tammy n arizona

    I like Obama but not head over heels. My family (born in the 40's)
    and most blue collar patients in our office state they are more comfortable with a white person as president.
    Personly I didnt care if Obama was purple with green antenna's when I voted for him.

    December 7, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. David

    And which party was in power when the Civil War was fought? Which party's president was in office.

    Harry... read your history. Are you that desperate, seeing the public opinion polls are against the health care plan?

    December 7, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. KS Hawk

    So the truth hurts. The Republicans are only offended because it hits too close to home. 45 years ago there was the same fight against Medicare. It passed, thank God, and no one wants to give it up.
    By the way, I heard this morning that the banks were paying back most of the money from the bail out, that there was ONLY ABOUT 42 BILLION–yes you heard it right, 42 BILLION that would not get paid back. Imagine the stink Republicans would have if we wanted to spend 42 Billion on health care for Americans. And, Americans that we would be helping, our future, are not even getting millions in bonus pay.

    December 7, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. John Long

    Let's see Mr. Reid there were 11 Democrats to 39 Republicans in the Senate and 38 Democrats to 136 Republicans in the House and a Republican President when this country abolished slavery. Now remind me again, who was on the RIGHT side of history? In football terms we call that a hail mary!

    December 7, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. GOPBslapper

    Reid's right and for the umpteenth time, Republicans are wrong. Sore losers, get a hankie and sit in the corner crying while us adults fix your mess.

    December 7, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. Linda G.

    If this disastrous bill passes, the hardworking taxpayers will be even more enslaved to supporting the government entitlements!

    There is something WRONG in this country when 47% of the people pay NO federal income taxes. Those of us who pay do not need any additional burden!

    December 7, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Smittyp83

    Unfortnately for Harry, it was the Democrats who were against the abolition of slavery – it took a Republican President to see it through.

    December 7, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    He's right...the Republican Party has a long history of opposing social evolution that is good for people, right up to and including opposing civil rights for blacks, women, gay people, protecting the environment and more. They are the face of government of, by, and for the privileged, wealthy and powerful, even when it entails wars of choice for profit such as Iraq. How they feign outrage would be amusing were it not so sad.

    December 7, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. xrocketeer

    Harry has proven again, what an idiot he is.

    December 7, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. jack keats

    As I recall it was a majority of Republicans who passed the Civil Rights Act, just like it was a Republican who wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Senator Reid is going to lose his seat over this, just like a lot of the other plantation liberals who want different rules for themselves than the rest of us peasants. These communists may get our country, but not today.

    December 7, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. yazmon

    Although the two aren't really connected, coincidentally, a sizable portion of the folks opposing health care reform would also be against abolishing slavery. I know this is true, I work with some of these people and so do you.

    December 7, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Eric in NJ

    wow- there is no depth too low for harry to stoop! and fyi- al gore's dad, and sen. fulbright (bill clinton's mentor) were both against the civil rights act. i wonder would they then be against healthcare?

    December 7, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Carole

    Party of NO calling Reid racist? What a joke!!!!!

    It's Christmas, time for the Republican 'Barack the Magic Negro CD'?


    December 7, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    You have to be kidding me. After posts comparing Obama to Hitler for his efforts on providing health care to all?

    December 7, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. larry c wilson

    I assume he is talking about the 1950s and the Southern Manifesto. However, it should be remembered that the resistance came mainly from Southern Democrats who only moved into the Republican Party in the years after Richard Nixon's 1968 Southern Strategy.

    December 7, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Tony Crispino

    Wasn't the guy who said slow down in the 1950's a Democrat ~ Strom Thurmund

    December 7, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Obviously, the National Republican Senatorial Committee thinks that Republicans are too dumb to tell the difference between an analogical comparison and equating two distinct issues. If they end up nominating Palin for 2012, I wouldn't be surprised if their bet pays off.

    December 7, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  18. Ed

    Harry Reid and the Dems are out of their minds. They are taking the country in a direction the majority of the country does not want to go. They ignore the will of the public in favor of their own ideological pursuits; and when the opposition voices its disapproval, they lash out with personal insults. Instead of debating the facts of the issues, they seek to discredit their opponents. This methodology does not serve the American public in the least.

    December 7, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Zach Guthrie

    Senator Reid draws an interesting parallel between the debates over the legacies of health-care and slavery. I would argue that the Democrat's health-care "reform" will commit Americans to decades of enslaved labor to pay the banks back the increasing national debt amassing from such government run programs.

    December 7, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. Brian B

    Um, Mr Reid, you need to check your history books.

    Lincoln was a Republican. It was his party that led freedom movement. The entire push to free the slaves was fought by the Democrats, to the point that most of the Democrats pushed for their states to succeed from the Union.

    Again in the human rights movement of the 50's ans 60's were led by the Republicans and resisted by the Democrats.

    To say that the Republicans have never wanted change and that Democrats do want change and compare that to the the Civil War is actually a slap in the face for the Democrats. Please do some fact checking.

    December 7, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Randall Vorisek

    The incredibly dishonest thing about this tactic in political discourse is that it simultaneously saddles Republicans with the blame for slavery, re-enforcing the false premise that Republicans were the pro-slavery side while trying to embarrass anyone who dares to oppose Obamacare as racists.

    December 7, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  22. Simon Eggington

    I believe this is further evidence that Sen Reid is nothing more than a devisive partisan who is more interested in furthering his party's agenda, rathe than supporting his electorate.

    This will surely be corrected in 2010.

    December 7, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. dan

    wow harry said something i agree with. once all jobs are gone we will be thankfull for healthcare.

    unless you have a banker friend who pays for his own healthcare.....with bonuses from the backs of america...

    December 7, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. Terry

    Prince Harry has his facts mixed up. Anyone even semi-literate in history will tell you that it was the Democrats who wanted to end the war by allowing slavery in the slave states. It was the Republican party (Lincoln) who knew that the country must see the war through to the end and allow slavery to end, once and for all, when the war ended.

    It was the Republicans, Prince Harry, who voted for the civil rights act in droves. If you check the congressional records, Harry, you will find that more Republicans voted for the civil rights act than Democrats. Prince Harry, even Sen. Gore (your demigod Al Gore's father) voted AGAINST the civil rights act. Liberals are notorious for revisionist history! Prince Harry, you disgust me!

    December 7, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Bob

    I think the remark is socialist and marxist in nature. The way it equates is you are either with us or you are likened to the worst in people. He could have used the analogy of the Jews extermination by Hitler.

    It's all repugnant, regardless which party spews it out.

    One thing I would bet on in the '10 elections; Harry Reid will not be reelected in Nevada, Barbara Boxer will lose in California and the house will select a different Speaker. Nancy Pelosi will become more of a liability as President Obama moves toward the center left.

    December 7, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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