January 11th, 2010
05:52 PM ET
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Obama to campaign for Reid

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President Obama will join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at a campaign event next month. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will join Harry Reid in Nevada next month to campaign on behalf of the Senate Majority Leader, a senior administration official tells CNN.

Related: Reid's political future up in the air after 'Negro' comment?


–CNN's Dan Lothian and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Harry Reid • President Obama
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. terry,va

    Obummie might think he can be the"divine intervention." Most dumbocraps think he is the second coming. They and Reid will be sorely disappointed.

    January 11, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Tim

    Will Reid ask Obama to turn on or off his dialect?

    January 11, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. Aud

    Maybe he didn't voice it very eloquently but Reid only said what most people (both black and white) think about African Americans from time to time anyway. People, get over it. This country has bigger problems to solve.

    January 11, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. jp,michigan

    Be careful Mr. Reid , Obama campaigned for the governer of New Jersy and he lost his election. No everyone on the Obama bandwagon. Your time has come and gone.

    January 11, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Matt

    It's no surprise since Reid is Light Skinned and does not speak with a Negro Dialect.

    What it is OK when he says it but not me?

    January 11, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. ed

    You can bet Obama will take his teleprompter with him to Nevada, otherwise he can't put 2 words together without an "uuuhh" between them.

    January 11, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. A Kickin' Donkey

    Since when did the word "Negro" become racist? It is not. It is historical. We were colored, we were Negro, we were Black.

    Anyone spouting off about this isn't a true supporter of African American issues and is stupidly attempting to use it damage Reid politically.

    The fact of the matter is what he said is true. There are some fringe elements of America that are don't support the President because he is black. There is some elements of America that wouldn't support him if he were as dark as say .... Bernie Mac was ... no matter how proper his English. I think Reid used the word "Negro" to put a spotlight on the age of people that would have a problem with a dark skinned black as President.

    Mr. Reid, we've got your back. because you spoke the truth.

    January 11, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. asdf

    Us democrats need to get rid of this racist mormon clown and get a real Senate leader who can pass legislation we badly need instead of a wimp who is only good at energizing the right.

    January 11, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  9. Rob Johnson

    I'm surprised this has turned out to be such a big deal.

    Nowhere did Reid say he didn't like black people, or even that he doesn't like dark-skinned black people. All he did was point out, as others have, that Obama is very different than Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, and therefore more palatable to mainstream America. This isn't even news, much less controversial.

    Spin away, Republicans, but if this is the best you've got, then it really must be a slow news cycle.

    January 11, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. Tim

    So Trent Lott says one thing – and he's a racist and he steps down from his post.

    'Ole Harry says something against blacks – but that's ok since he's a Democrat.

    What hypocrisy the Dems have. Former Gov. of Va – Wilder – was defending him – Jackson and big mouth Al Sharpton isn't saying anything – what a bunch of crap.

    ...btw – Obama campaigning for Reid isn't going to help – but hurt.

    Say goodbye to Senator Reid the Racist.

    January 11, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. John Johnston, Smithfield, UT

    As a taxpayer I strongly object to the President of the United States, the most powerful individual in the Free World, giving his time to a political campaign. Reid is a small minded, corrupt politician and Obama should not be supporting him just because he is in the same Political Party. Let this loser drop into obscurity where he belongs.

    January 11, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Steve, New York City

    This could be interesting . . . maybe Reid will compose a rap song to use in his next campaign.

    January 11, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. shamgar50

    The Reid comment about Obama, may be a good thing for Democrats. The GOP craziness and rantings about it, place their other comments in perspective. The party of no, is practically hysterical.
    Also. Has anybody else noticed how knowledgeable Republicans are about racial comments and slurs?

    January 11, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Dimslie

    With poll numbers like Reid's, he could get a bounce from having Bush campaign for him.

    January 11, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Faye

    Senator Reid is a credit to his state of Nevada and to his country. Of course, President Obama should campaign for such a fine Senator. The comment made was unfortunate but not that big a deal. People tend to make a big deal out of something like that for political reasons, but the citizens of our country are all more mature adults and won't go for it. We all know the hard work he has done for us and he is ordinarily a fine diplomate in his job, trying to get people to work together.

    January 11, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. B

    There really should be a eight year limit on these people. We need some folks that are current thinkers aware of and understand the changing times and concerns.

    January 11, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Jon

    Aren't we all getting real tired of these trumped up racial issues??
    I thought we were SUPPOSED to be a highly religious country where ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL by a god. What a bunch of hypocrites all Americans are who fall for this race rhetoric crap, and have any biased feelings about blacks, yellows, browns, etc, etc.
    Some day when these folks who have such hatred for others meet their maker, I just hope they are TURNED AWAY big time! What a surprise that will be for them.

    January 11, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Richard - Missouri

    I don't care if God goes campaigning for Harry Reid; he's going to lose his seat, and good riddance. The guy is certainly one of the biggest libs in Congress, and has helped move our country closer to the brink of complete and total ruin, politically, socially and financially. Honestly, I think if Satan were to materialize out of Hell and declare his candidacy and run against Harry Reid in Nevada, Satan would win in a landslide victory.

    January 11, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. normajean

    Good for the president. The Democrats stick together when the chips start flying. There isn't a person, whos face or name has appeared in the last year,that hasn'tt said or done something that immediately gets jumped on,so it's time to MOVE ON.In the long run President Obama will prevail.
    Those who continue to criticize are still not reading, listening and thinking for themselves.

    January 11, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  20. Obama mama

    Good. Maybe people will equate their economic destructive policies to one another and vote both bums out.

    Note: Obama has never stopped campaigning. He and his administration aren't working for the betterment of American, but for their political futures. It's corrupt and sad.

    January 11, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    If Nevadans like anything the Democratic Party represents, such as working for health care for everyone, then they will be fools to vote Reid out of office.

    Nevada has alot of problems, including environmental ones, and you can bet the Republicans aren't interested in that topic.

    Just because you don't like someone personality-wise doesn't mean they can't get things done.

    January 11, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Where's socialism? Oh, that was just a GOP scare tactic

    Want to know why Republicans cannot stop talking about Reid?

    Because they have nothing else to offer.

    Here's a question: when was the last time you heard a Republican offer ideas on the economy, Iraq/Afghanistan, heatlh care, etc?

    I want to know the date, time and actual article that shows a Republican offering real ideas to America's problems.

    Anyone? Anyone?

    January 11, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Diane

    Why are people acting like this is a big deal? I hear people make comments like this all the time and way worse and then say "I'm not a racist." So why is it okay for everyone in the world except Harry Reid? Why is everyone making this into a party issue? Why do Republicans call anyone who disagrees with them names? Why do Democrats call anyone who disagrees with them names? I'm tired of this.

    January 11, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Michael Hsu

    The only problem with obama's support is that obama has been known (on numerous occasions) to throw former associates "under the bus". There was a various humorous video illustrating this on rushlimbaugh.com.

    January 11, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Where's socialism? Oh, that was just a GOP scare tactic

    I love the people on here calling Obama and Reid a crook.

    Yep, call them both crooks but forget that Bush and Cheney manufactured a war which produced zero WMDs, no dismantling of Al Qaida and no bin Laden. Oh and did I mention thousands of US troops dead and injured

    But sure we will listen to you. We will listen real good.......

    January 11, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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