December 7th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
6 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. Nimises

    Well? Is he right? Yes! Same old song and dance.

    December 7, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. horsense

    Reid's own staff won't have the nerve to tell him what we are writing here tonight. Harry...It's like this. You are washed up!

    December 7, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Francisco Cardenas

    I never thought about Harry Reid much before but now I really like him a lot!!!

    December 7, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. junweber

    Harry Reid says many things that are just ridiculous. This is certainly one of them. Since when can't the Senators have a serious debate on issues and speak and think for themselves and their constituents they represent without being told how they should think or vote. It borders dictatorship to have to be told how to think or how to vote. Sen. Reid is to chair and lead the committee but not dictate.

    December 7, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. Jess

    The majority leader is one stupid senator trying to throw out the race card. He just embarassed his party, hurt his re-election bid, and trivialized the efforts of those who fought for civil rights in the 1950's. Nevada, do the right thing... Send this clown home at election time.

    December 7, 2009 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. MDC

    Actually it was the Republicans that wanted to end slavery, and the DEMOCRATS that resisted. Read some history Reid, you moron.

    December 7, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. damian

    I'm a democrat living in NV and I will not be voting for Mr Reid. He has become an utter embrassement.

    December 7, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I don't have a problem with Senator Reid's remarks; the Republicans have done everything in their power to maintain the status quo, to the detriment of millions of Americans.

    The Republicans and their "ad" are yet another example of how desperate and dumb they have become. All they care about is regaining power – even though their policies are proven failures.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    December 7, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. brian in denver

    Sad as it is, I'm afraid Harry's right. Our present health care/insurance system is abysmal & it's way past time to do something about it. The GOP is so beholding to the insurance companies & so afraid of allowing the Obama administration any sign of success that I can only hope the Dems in the Senate can come together.

    December 7, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. LouieD

    It's a clumsy analogy on Reid's part, but look at the Republican ad. It should be easy enough to ridicule Reid for his statement as is, but as usual the GOP can't honestly address the issue. Instead, they twist the words around to imply that Reid is calling them pro-slavery.

    Unfortunately for the United States, their sheeplike devotees will buy right into it and repeat any GOP lie ad nauseum. "Reid called me pro-slavery because I don't support healthcare reform!"

    December 7, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Eddie B.

    I think this battle for healthcare is about human decency and how we view our fellow man. It really astounds me to think that 41 million Americans have no health insurance. I just got my knee repaired and I could have never done this without mine which I would lose if I lost my job. People are actually fighting to prevent other Americans from receiving medical attention and it astounds me. This country was built on helping your neighbors. Don't these people have any compassion for those who can not provide. Most of these people even have jobs and are hard working Americans. I don't get it.

    December 7, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. Mike

    Former Senator Reid! He's DOA in 2010.

    December 7, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  13. cats

    Sadly, Sen. Reid is right. I hope his state doesn't fall for this false outrage and hold it against him. Hopefully they are smarter than that.

    December 7, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. Will

    Of course, in this day and age, you can't safely say anything without being pounced on for it. In this case, it's yet another example of: If you agree with him, it's a perfectly valid comparison. If you don't, it's tasteless.

    Personally, I think it's a pretty valid metaphor. You could say the same for civil rights, women's rights, etc.

    But because it has the word "slavery" in it, the RNC spin machine jumps on it. No real surprise here, on either side.

    December 7, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. Brigham

    Reid has been nothing but a colossal failure as Senate majority leader. His distortions and outright lies are the only thing he does consistently well. By the way labeling Republicans as all for slavery is a historically inaccurate anology when it was Lincoln a GOP President who led and signed the Emancipation Proclomation.

    December 7, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Mike Lesch

    Well, he's wrong about Republicans, but right about Neo-cons. I applaud him for his boldness, and for saying what's on many peoples' minds. Neo-cons ARE the 21st century Whigs and robber barons.

    December 7, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. Alex in Wisconsin

    As an African American man, I think the statements by Sen. Reid were indeed insensitive to the people who were/are standing on the wrong side of history in terms of racial equality. But to those who are on the right side of history, Harry Reid's words ring true.

    Every major advance in the country has been stalled, delayed, and opposed by forces of the status quo. These include the people who want to return the country to the way the founders intended. Afterall, when it comes to equal rights of minorities and women's suffrage, the Founders obviously didn't have these in mind, but the greatness of our country is that we have moved above the original articles of the constitution. Time for the forces of the status quo to rise above the injustices of the past towards a more just future.

    December 7, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. tonyt

    Mr. Reid is correct

    December 7, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. New Yorker

    The Republicans know things are bad enough, and also know things will be much worse if the Democrats continue to plow recklessly ahead just to shove anything through while they have the power. This is all about the Democrats keeping the power by rewarding those who LOVE redistribution.

    December 7, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. Tom

    ok, I'm failing to see what was wrong with what he said. Except it was dems and the party of wallace that said it. two wrongs don't make it right

    December 7, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. Kelly

    Just pass the stupid health care bill and start caring for all your people like most other mature countries. Grow up.

    December 7, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  22. haha_nicetry

    i thought it was the Dems who were pro-slavery back in the days? This is just some tactic to put the blame of health care AND slavery on the republicans all at once. Nice try though.

    December 7, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Truth

    Someone needs to tell Harry Reid that both Martin Luther King, Jr, and Abraham Lincoln were both Republicans.

    December 7, 2009 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Al

    Harry is right. It is like a battle over slavery and I'm glad the Republicans are fighting on the side of freedom. I don't want to be enslaved to Harry's government machine, indentured to his bureaucracy.

    December 7, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. CommonSense, BrooklynBranch#1215

    I see no reason to castigate Sen. Reid. He told the truth.

    December 7, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
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