March 27th, 2010
04:39 PM ET
8 years ago

Palin opens Tea Party protest in Reid's hometown

Searchlight, Nevada (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin kicked off a Tea Party rally Saturday in Sen. Harry Reid's hometown, encouraging disgruntled Americans to "take back our country" while attacking what she called the "Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree."

"There's no better place to kick off the Tea Party Express than Harry Reid's hometown," Palin said at the rally, dubbed "Showdown in Searchlight," aimed at conjuring up support for the Senate Majority Leader's defeat in November elections.

Activists - some of whom are calling the gathering the largest retirement party in the world - hope it will carry a strong symbolic message.

Reid, the Senate majority leader, is credited with helping push through Congress the controversial health care bill that President Barack Obama signed Tuesday, as well as the so-called "fixes" measure that passed Thursday.

"Washington has broken faith with the people that they are to be serving," Palin told the crowd, which numbered in the thousands.

Palin said the message to government leaders was "loud and clear."

"The big government, the big debt, Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree is over. You're fired," she said, prompting cheers from the crowd.

Palin's speech Saturday echoed many of her recent appearances at Tea Party events as she promoted "common sense conservative values" and decried "elites in Washington" and big government spending.

She addressed recent criticism of a post on her Facebook page that called for conservatives not to retreat in the wake of the health care vote, but "reload." Some critics have suggested the post encouraged violent acts against those who voted in favor of the legislation.

"Let's clear the air right now," she said. "We're not inciting violence. Don't get sucked into the lame-stream media lies about Americans standing up for freedom. it's a bunch of bunk that the media is trying to feed you. Don't let them try to divert" attention from the issue.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sarah Palin • Tea Party movement
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  1. TangledThorns

    I wish I was there to support the future President Sarah Palin. She is the leader America deserves right now!

    March 27, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. harold

    Real funny when Palin refferred in her appearance in Arizona with McCain she refferred to McCain as a Maverick and not a Republcina.. Big mistake.. McCain is gonna lose in primary to a real republican or to a Democrat in election in November.... McCain looked liked he wanted to sit down someplace and cry.. Maverick indeed.. votes democrat sometime and republican sometime now he says he ain't voting at all because of the health bill that would help all those un-insured.. Hero?

    March 27, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Is she talking about all of America or just the "real" America?

    March 27, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Agustine

    It means dumb-like-SarahPalin unpleasant intollerant ideological greedy lobbyists-loving Republicans with their extremist views cannot stand and watch while leaders who actually have a heart are turning America into a country where anyone can have a chance at the American dream regardless of their race, origin or background.

    So let's "take back our country", drive further into the ditch and turn it into the 7th Israeli mahoz (district)

    I hope that helps.

    March 27, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Tammy

    Please tell me what Palin said in introducing McCain and speaking against Reid. WHAT IDEAS, WHAT CONCEPTS did she articulate? My young daughter wanted to know, "Mommy, what is that lady saying?" The kid wasn't even sure what kind of English it was.

    March 27, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Tammy

    Claudia - take back our country from the black man now President. Crude, cruel, but that's what they mean. They can't handle the fact that this intelligent, intellectual, elegant, and articulate man is in charge – how could he, he's almost black?! What do we do now? We want our country back!

    March 27, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. notfooledtx

    Yeah yeah yeah, problem is, your "common sense conservative values" almost completely destroyed this country not long ago. A near economic collapse, 2 unfunded wars, little to no job growth over the last 8 years and sky rocketing unemploymen – just to name a few. Do you think we've forgotten how we got here? Do you really think we're dumb enough to give you another chance so you can finish the job? I don't think the republicans have learned anything from the bush admin and the stunning results of it.

    No thanks. I honestly don't think this country could survive any more of your "common sense conservative values". Instead of going with the angry blowhards with no solutions, I'll stick with the calm skinny black guy – he's leading us in the right direction.

    Keep stepping Celebrity Sarah, I'm sure there's another big paycheck you can chase.

    March 27, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Blah, Blah and Blah

    Claudia, Houston, Tx March 27th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

    It's unclear to me what is meant by "take back our country", would someone out there explain to me exactly what this means. I'm not trying to be funny or sarcasticm, just looking for the most logical and sensible answer.


    They don't wont a man of color running the country, lets be for real here.

    May be with all the hot air they blow, it will be enough to float them to Mars and Palin can tell them it American.

    March 27, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Blah, Blah and Blah

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    Claudia, Houston, Tx March 27th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

    It's unclear to me what is meant by "take back our country", would someone out there explain to me exactly what this means. I'm not trying to be funny or sarcasticm, just looking for the most logical and sensible answer.


    They don't wont a man of color running the country, lets be for real here.

    May be with all the hot air they blow, it will be enough to float them to Mars and Palin can tell them it is American.

    March 27, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    Too bad for Sarah we already tried dumbing down our politicians (when any one with half a brain was deemed an elitist). That didn't turn out so great.

    March 27, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Republicans are Americas Taliban

    The majority elects the majority in the House and the Senate. This same majority of Senators and Representatives vote the way the people who elected them expected them to vote and is the same reason they were elected. So whos country are they trying to take back? My elected officials voted EXACTLY as I wanted them to, so keep your stinking Tea Party Hands off my country and go back to the states you belong to because most of you do not even vote in Nevada you bunch of Repugliban trash talking morons and Remember, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY COUNTRY YOU hick morons!

    March 27, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Lynn

    Her appeal has nothing to do with intelligence, simply put she uses sex to sell her empty headed form of politics. Ask many men and they drool over her sex appeal. Look at the last video of McCain standing next to her, he could barely keep his slimy hands off of her. With Palin, it's sex appeal wrapped up in an empty box.

    March 27, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Patsy, Texas

    Palin has no class, she is crude, totally unqualified to speak for most of
    us, is illiterate in government, geography, politics and common sense.
    She contradicts herself, squeals when she is criticized, is
    inarticulate and thinks of no one but herself. She thinks her "crosshairs"
    map is just fine, even though she might have put certain families in
    danger with her self-centered arrogance. Speaking of being "sucked in",
    she will never win me over, and I suspect many others who mostly just
    sit and shake their heads. I am well aware that she is raking in millions
    of dollars and she has to be the most "blissful" person in America.
    Thank you CNN for picking up where McCain left off, by continuing to
    cram her down our throats.

    March 27, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Barbara

    This from the woman depicted in video as high-fiving the secessionists in Alaska...- take my state away from America to take my country back???? From whom? Sure is confusing.

    March 27, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Denna

    Thanks again, McCain, for pulling this woman off the street and into our lives. Sarah, if you hate the "lame-stream" media so much, why are you always standing behind a microphone? You incited violence when you were under the illusion that you would be vice president. If you don't condone violence, then be forceful in telling your supporter NOT to threaten or harm people. Tell these people to chill and behave. Tell them no spitting on people. But you won't and do you know why? Because they will drive you right back to Alaska, at gun-point if necessary. Meanness did not help get you elected before, what makes you think it will now?

    March 27, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. grahame rhodes

    Dear Claudia.

    Palin means bring back the 1950s when 'Back of the Bus' was not an option. She means bring back a time when there was no civil liberties and Government meant the American population was satisfied with being lied too. That was before Watergate and the Vietnam War which changed everything. Palin wants the American population to be just like all the sheep in the Tea Party movement. That meant except any lie you like as long as it fits your own particular ideology.

    March 27, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Carrie Ca

    CNN its giving way too much coverage to the Tea baggers, in a way its becoming like FOX news. In my opinion they are all ignorant and negative people. And when John McCain needs Sara Palin to help him to get re elected then he is in big trouble so is the rest of the Republican,

    March 27, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. paul williams

    Hi jack, who is paying for all these people to travel to Nevada to join crazy sarah? Is the republican right paying for these unemployed folks to travel the country and spend their money ? Why don't they just vote without all the excrement? Love your show!-Paul

    March 27, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. double standard

    Hey Palin....Kiss The hell off !!!!!!! Dirt Bag !!!

    March 27, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Helena

    This woman is insane – she incites negativity, fear, hate every time she speaks.

    March 27, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. JON

    I think the REBUB-RIGHT-CONSERV problem is the FOX,RUSH,BECK,PALINHANNITY talking point language . They use words like true American , founding fathers ,our country . To them and their followers that makes anyone that does not think like them , look like them and chant their mantras are not true American, I see people here using words like " Obama and arrest all of the other criminals who have hijacked our government. Your problems did not start the day a BLACK man became YOUR PRESIDENT. Your problem started the day you looked to the TV on who to blame for you lot is life. Between RUSH<BECK <HANNITY they make 80 Million a year off you . Only in a America can a white man call a black man the SUN of Satin and get paid 80 million a YEAR , Boy what a proud day for AMERICA. We're in this together and I prefer to stand by my GOVERNMENT ,yes question it , disagree, VOTE FOR WHAT I BELIEVE . Keep your hate at home don't turn America back to the days of KKK , This can not be just a right white America and if you question this look at how the right polls on our President .

    March 27, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Alice

    The media that Ms. Palin is denouncing is the same media that keeps her in the spotlight, allowing her the opportunity to earn income. Kinda like Tiger and Jesse's friends. So lets not fool ourselves Ms Palin is about Palin, she doesn't give a fig what we're facing and the tea party members need more diversity to really be taken seriously I think.

    March 27, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I actually feel sorry for this woman. Even though she is now wealthy, she is a very sad, pathetic and ignorant person. It amazes me that otherwise intelligent people hold her in high esteem...

    March 27, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. cpl

    It amazes me how a quitter can preach to other people to continue something they have started. But then the GOP Tea Party members must not have anyone better to use as an example. That should show all of America that the party of NO!!!!!!!!!!!! WE DON't CARE IF YOU NEED HEALTH CARE OR YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY SAYS YOUR CHILD OR WIFE OR PARENT HAS A PRE EXISTING CONDITION. NO INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    March 27, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. CMG

    It is almost humorous when one politician quits so she can make money and yet insists that those who are attempting to make things better should be fired. Sarah, you are a disgrace. Levi was so right about you and your big mouth and love for the almighty dollar. I wonder if your children will be impressed when they read about you in the history books. The GOP, as we all know, are labeled obstructionists. You, however, are a destructionist. No wonder you and Glen Beck have such a connection. I would love to see you debate Ed Shultz. He would make a mockery out of you in minutes.

    March 27, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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