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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Does Harry know Lincoln was a Republican?

    December 7, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. Starr

    all he did was speak the truth. why do Republicans love to be angry?

    December 7, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. android

    yes, I believe him

    December 7, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. LaWanda Heaberlin

    The man acts like a madman. No one serving remembers how anything was during that time. The word makes me angry. I never saw one and no one in my heritage owned any.
    Dems always bring in some stupid subject.

    December 7, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. Bren


    Good night Harry!!!

    Enjoy the remaining 9 months in office!!

    You are DONE!!!

    December 7, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. A Texan

    As usual, Repubs will complain about anything. If all of a sudden Bin Laden was located and eliminated, Repubs would wimper that all the credit belongs to Dick Cheney and the Swift Boat Veterans since they are the true patriots and defenders of America.

    December 7, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. Kate

    Harry Reid is absolutely right. The Conservative wing was born out of the racism that resulted in the war and continued for another century in the south. The Conservatives oppose any progress in this country, always looking to turn back the clock, as in overturning Roe v Wade.

    These people actually stalled the vote in the Senate for the extension of unemployment benefits for over a month. In that time, more than a quarter-million Americans lost benefits. They have set themselves dead against anything President Obama puts forth (except for putting more troops in Afghanistan) and have made it the sole business of their party to try and stall America, in order to use it for their political advantage.

    They are political terrorists.

    December 7, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. Ann

    Republicans cannot make any comments on this matter...
    after all, they are the ones running ads on TV with a procession of people saying "I'm racist."

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

    Slavery is right where we Americans are heading!

    This administration will take us all the way back to the garden and the snake! Listen they say, yes we can "Kick God Out" and Big Government will run the show! 😦

    December 7, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Michele

    Well, he's right. Only it was Dems AND Republicans who were unsure about the timetable for ending slavery...otherwise, the comment is correct.

    December 7, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. d. smith

    Seems CNN is standing behind Harry since their article didn't really say anything about what the Republican response was. Just that they took out an ad to find out what people really think about the health care issue?!?? What does that have to do with the remark about 'slavery'??
    Good job CNN. How about telling us how you REALLY feel about this?

    December 7, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Brandon V. in DFW

    As an african american man I am not any way offended by what Sen. Harry Reid said.

    I'm offended by the NRSC trying to play on racism.

    Sen. Reid didn't compare the health care fight to the slavery fight. He compared it to when congress tried to "recognize the wrongs of slavery", again he compared the health care opposition to when congress tried to "RECOGNIZE THE WRONGS OF SLAVERY"

    He is talking about people just being adamant and opposing something for the sake of opposing it.

    December 7, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Jokes aside!

    The cantankerous grunpy angry old men are at it again! National Republican Senatorial Committee is a joke! its the elephant in the room!

    December 7, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  14. obama puppy

    reid does not have a clue as to what he is doing,and while we are at it neither does al gore, global warming is bs,it has been cooler the last five years in louisiana than it has been in decades. All al is doing is making money off fools who fall for his bunk.

    December 7, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  15. Ray

    No matter what side of the debate you are on, I think we all would agree that Harry Reid has lost his mind. This is the majority leader. It is no wonder the country is fallind apart.

    December 7, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. A concerned veteran

    Ok. I know that I should be shocked that he said that. The sad part is that I am not. I am no more shocked by that than the fact that the Senate and Congress want to force a program on us, because it is in our best interest. It doesn't matter that the majority of Americans are against it. We do not know what is best for us.
    I wish both parties could sit down and really say, "Ok. Let's do what is the best thing for the country", and really mean it.

    December 7, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. Tom

    Note to GOP: Just stop it already!

    December 7, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. billbrady

    Of course Harold's comment was a figure of speech. He really didn't mean to call anyone opposed to Obamacare as supporting slavery. No more so than my referring to Harry as a carrion feeding maggot. Just a figure of speech.

    December 7, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. ggb

    The dems are slowly cutting their own throats. Reid will be gone next year!

    December 7, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. John

    Reid's right.

    December 7, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Mike Webb

    Yep I agree with Harry! The G.O.P. are being dishonest about their true reasons in regard to health care reform. Mike, AustinTexas

    December 7, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. Yahbut

    Harry Reid is a disgrace to the United States Senate.

    The people of Nevada should see that he doesn't return to congress next year. He has fed at the federal trough long enough.

    December 7, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. ggb

    The truth behind the race card....a childish dem trying to get his way, anyway he can!

    December 7, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Bill Knight

    What a remarkable and infuriating distortion of history by Sen Reid. I believe it was a Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, that fought our nation's bloodiest war over the abolishment of slavery from this country. I am also old enough to remenber the southern Democratic senators who fought so hard against civil rights reform in the 1960's. To compare those who oppose this health care monstrosity to slavery supporters in the mid-19th century is outrageous and, frankly, just stupid.

    December 7, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  25. margaret

    Yes the republicans can only think of themselves and lininig their pockets.Let the poor ol sod on the street take care of himself after all he has min wage, what more do they want!thats the republicans attitude.

    December 7, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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