December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
3 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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Cris

    Dishonest dirtbag Reid, failed to mention that the group in Congress who failed to recognize the wrongs of slavery,which he referred to, consisted of 87% Democrats

    December 7, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Meidy

    Typical democrat....let's make it about race and then hope everyone runs scared. If you criticize Obama you're a racist. If you don't want a Gov't run health care system, your a racist. If you think you should keep what you earn, your a racist. People better be careful what they wish for....and better take time to read at least some of the monstrosity that's called a health care bill. If you haven't read it....shut your pie hole....because you have no idea what you're talking about.

    December 7, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "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."

    You mean the southern DEMOCRATS?

    December 7, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. paola

    Guess Reid enjoys so much to be rectal suppository for Obama he will say anything!

    December 7, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. skeptic

    Harry forgets that the Republicans were on the right side of history regarding slavery. A Republican president (Lincoln) issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and Republicans steadfastly stood against slavery. Hey, Harry, they're on the right side of history this time too....

    December 7, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Bloomington Bruce

    Interesting to me that Reid's comment ignores the historical fact that the Democrats were the precisely the Political Party that dug in their heels when Lincoln and the Republican Party took up the anti slavery cause. Given the sad state of educational system in this country Harry and a good portion of the rest of the country have probably forgotten that little inconvenient truth.

    December 7, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    Ironically, the people that dug in their heels to keep slavery in place were Democrats. It was the Republicans that brought slavery to an end and brought the Democrats along, kicking and screaming.

    December 7, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Robert Parish

    You idot remember who freed the slaves the republicans!!!!

    December 7, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Carolina Rizo

    Harry Reid is correct, there is always a group of people who are afraid to move forward. It is the time to move forward and get all U.S. citizens medical insurance. It is time to stop making profits over healthcare. Comparing this to issue to slavery is okay. It's time to make a significant change in the United States.

    December 7, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Malcom

    How poor Harry forgets, in the 1860 Presidential election Republicans opposed slavery, while Southern Democrats endorsed it and Northern Democrats said it should be decided equally. People forget that it was the Republican Party which brought about the end of slavery, while Democrats either were for it or dragged their heels in trying to repeal it. I sincerely hope Sen Reid is booted out of office next year.

    December 7, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. File Under "Sarcasm"

    Harry and Obama are running scared. No independent thinking allowed. They can't blame things on Bush and Cheney so they're trying to pull some other villians out of the closet to use to demonize the moderates and conservatives even in their own Party. Dirty Harry is stooping pretty low to play the race card.

    December 7, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Caral from Socal

    Harry Reid is in danger of losing his seat for good reason. His inflammatory remarks, and far-left diatribes, have alienated his moderate former supporters. Furthermore, anybody who really wants progress on the Hill has realized long ago that we have to elect politicians who can forge compromises rather than infuriate and alienate those across the aisle. Both Dems and Repubs better watch their backs in '10 and '12. I'm guessing a huge number of them will not be back.
    Never again.

    December 7, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. John S. McClain

    Reid is a pathetic little man who refuses to acknowledge that many of us aren't opposed to healthcare reform, we're just opposed to HIS VERSION of healthcare reform.

    December 7, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. The truth hurts

    The truth stabs like a knife and reopens old wounds. CNN shouldn't go to the NRSC the next time it wants to report anything that's to be taken seriously by independent truth seeking Americans.

    December 7, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  15. ja

    Anybody tell Reid it was the Copperheads (name applied to the Democrats in Congress that wanted to slow down the slavery debate), that wanted to compromise with the south, put the abolition of slavery on hold, and the Republicans that wanted to speed up the abolition of slavery?

    In effect he's saying......we want to speed this up because the Democrats wanted to slow down the slavery debate?

    I'm confused.

    December 7, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  16. Jesse Stakes

    Wow...What else can you say. Why are the politicians the the PEOPLE elected to SERVE the best interests of the people trying to SELL us health care through legislation?

    December 7, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  17. rick o

    put his recent speech next to his war is lost speech.It will verify he is melting down.

    December 7, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. mark

    I am pretty sure that the Republicans were the ones to abolish slavery AND to start the Civil Rights Movement.

    Amazing what one learns when one actually studies history instead of listening to Partisan Rhetoric spewed by both sides.

    December 7, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. jopiper

    Reid mus be getting senile.

    December 7, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  20. nick

    yes sir, you are finally speak for the american people, i m completely agree with harry reid. you are a true leader.

    December 7, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  21. Pattobay

    I hope a Republican senator stands up there tomorrow and berates the stupid senator from Nev. for his careless and insulting remarks from the senate floor. Just when you think he cannot go any lower he does it again. He deserves to be kicked out of office next year. Let's hope so. He has zero class.

    December 7, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. cam

    Is that not truth? What is wrong about the comment or does the truth hurt? What is the republican idea – do nothing?

    December 7, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Chris Crew

    Reid is spot on!

    The Republicans did say the same thing about apologizing for slavery, medicare, social security, civil rights, and nearly every other major piece of legislation that makes America great today.

    People will look back at this fight as similar to the those. People will wonder how we ever thought it was moral to allow 45,000 Americans to die from lack of insurance every year.

    Once again, Republicans are on the wrong side of history and are really defensive when told that is the case.

    December 7, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. rdn

    Doesn't sound so bad to me. The republicans were against civil rights legislation in the 60's. Sounds pretty accurate actually. I guess the republicans don't like being reminded that they've been against just about every "new" idea that's come along.

    December 7, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Don Manarang

    I don't think Mr. Reid remembers history very well. President Lincoln (a Republican) escalated the tensions that led to the Civil War. Even though there were other reasons than freeing the slaves, Mr Lincoln knew what was right and acted accordingly. The Democrats can never claim that they helped end slavery.

    December 7, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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