December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
9 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. the girl

    Why would he say something like this?

    December 7, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Joshua Dixon

    Is Reid is aware that in Civil War times, it was the Democrats who were pro-slavery? And that it was the Republicans who were busy trying to free the slaves?
    It wouldn't have been too difficult for someone at CNN to do a quick fact-check on this article.

    December 7, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. George Seevers

    Is Harry Reid remembering that the Democrat Party was the party which dragged its feet about doing away with anti-lynching laws? Does he remember that it was southern Democrats who dragged their feet over the Civil RIghts legislation of the LBJ era? No, the problem is that the Republicans refuse to join Harry Reid on the wrong side of fiction.

    December 7, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. malclave

    It's just more hateful, intolerant speech from the left.

    You see, since they define what is hate speech, they are free to engage in it as much as they want.

    December 7, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Lance

    Reid's comment is ridiculous, offensive, and historically innacurate. This kind of hyperbole does not add to the debate and, in fact, muddies the waters in a way that makes passing reform even more difficult. I truly beleive that those "on the wrong side of history" are those who have deliberatey tried to eliminate reasoned debate and discourse with red herrings like this.

    December 7, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No comment on this one because I am a decendent of slaves and know the history of slavery. Let your conscience be your guide on this one.

    December 7, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Dimitri

    Harry Reid is correct, if it wasn't for the courage of Abraham Lincoln fighting the political establishment, we would still have slavery. It was the same story back then as it is now, Republicans stopping progress

    December 7, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. John Fox

    Only if you compare the passing of this healthcarless bill to the Nazi treatment of the infirm- since it will cut so much for those who are infirm and old, it will be very similar to the "ovens" and "showers" of Hitler's Germany.

    December 7, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. pbro58

    This is a great example of our politicians lack basic historical knowledge of our great country. Hey Dingy, it was the democrats that were on the wrong side of that debate. For that matter, they've on the wrong side of most other important events as well.

    December 7, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Hmmmm

    Seriously. Purchase an ad and condem the guy for saying that in our nations past we failed to make changes when it was clear that a class of people were oppressed.

    It is no surprised that Republicans are willing to easily dismiss a clearly relevant comparison of those that cannot afford insurance in todays health care market and those that could not afford freedom in the 1860's

    Remember – both could be purchase if you had enough coin. While slavery is surely a far worse cultural concept – tell that to someone with cancer and no insurance...

    December 7, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. WriteGuy

    Harry Reid is a bit out of touch. If he was any form of student of history he might just remember that it was the predecessors of the Republican party that freed the slaves, not the democrats. To make such a comparison is odious to say the least. It attempts to inject race into the equation once again. If the Republicans did this they would be declared reprehensible, yet nothing is said about this idiotic statement by an equally idiotic ipolitician.

    December 7, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  12. 4 Palin

    Harry Reid needs to quit blaming the Republicans for their Health Care Bill not passing. THEY have the majority and I thought that was the advantage of being the party in power.. they get to pass whatever bills that they want too. They know that the American people do not want this bill to pass and they don't want to be the only ones blamed. Blaming the Republicans for this bill not passing is just a coward's way out.

    December 7, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Jason Hawke

    The Democrats – including Madam Speaker Pelosi herself – are becoming more lewd, shrill, belligerent, and just plain angry lately. It is clear they are venting their frustrations over this nation's people not wanting to go along with their radical, socialist left wing agendas. WE already had Pelosi a few months ago equate town hall health care citizens who spoke out as Nazis. While Pelosi comes from moonbat left wing coast country and will most likely stay in her position of power, the same cannot be said of Reid. I thought the Republicans were bad, but these lot of Democrats from the president on down are many times worse. Change we can believe in, eh?

    December 7, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. darryn davis

    I am african american and you have to look at state GA, MISS, ALA,TENN, SC sentors and governers they haven't change they would bring it back if they could go MR. PRESIDENT

    December 7, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    as I recall, emancipation occurred under a Republican administration, and the Democrats dug in their heels and wanted us to slow down. Harry, did you take American History in school?

    December 7, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Randy

    "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."

    Too funny, since "those" who resisted righting the wrongs of slavery were Democrats.

    December 7, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. Eugene

    It really hurts to admit it, doesn't it, all you post-Goldwater Republicans? Your party has done nothing but oppose progress for any but the richest Americans for over forty years,...and going back to the 1800's. Monopolies? No problem. Invasive wars? No worry. Civil and human rights? We don't need 'em. Health care? I've got mine. Sorry about yours! No wonder the Republicans are doomed to scrape the bottom of the polls until they finally wake up and do some good for the country they say they love.

    December 7, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. TL Cook

    As a black American I'm not surprised. History shows that the Democrates didn't want to abolish slavery and the Republicans were being hanged just like the slaves, because they wanted to abolish slavery.
    Those democrats, excuses for their mouth looseness.

    December 7, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. travis l.

    republicans are outraged over this?do they not listen to themselves and all the ways they compare healthcare reform & everything else the president & democrats are tryin to do,to slavery & oppression?you have got to be making this stuff up!how delusional are they?this really blows my mind!unbelieveable!

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

    What an idiot. No wonder the polls in NV showing him at 39% approval ratings. I hope he gets voted out in 2010. He's a no good majority leader and probably will go down as the worst majority leader in American history.

    December 7, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Matt

    And Mr. Reid is 100% right. Perhaps the republicans don't like to be reminded of the shameful past of their party. But the shameful present should be made clear to everyone.

    December 7, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Josh in flyover country

    How absolutely disgusting and disgraceful. Never mind my opinion of Reid, I'll be glad to see his worthless self gone, I'd like to see the hyperbole on both sides of the aisle take a back seat to legitimate debate. How are the constant comparisons to the holocaust, Hitler, slavery, etc helping move the debate forward? This is a very serious matter that will have huge ramifications for the country, I think it deserves better than the name calling our elected officials have occupied their time with.

    December 7, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. Cindy

    Well, do you want to be on the wrong side of history or not?

    December 7, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  24. Steve

    What a phony. The Republicans had blacks in the party long before the Dems. the Dems called their party the party of the white man. These Dems are so out to lunch, they have no clue to the real world.

    December 7, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Rohit

    Does Sen. Reid want to not be re-elected?

    December 7, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
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