March 27th, 2010
04:39 PM ET
4 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
soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Rick in AZ

    Thankfully she has left AZ. The only reason McCain had her at his rally is he looked sane and smart by comparison. He committed political suicide twice with the same persons. Teabaggers are the party of the wilfully ignorant!

    March 27, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. mk

    Hey Sarah.....we said the words loud and clear, remember? We all said Sarah, you're FIRED!, in November 2008. Didn't do us any good either.

    March 27, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    I have tried to listen to what she has to say and I never hear any substance. All I hear is complaining.

    March 27, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. mario

    There is any,

    March 27, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Gil

    Sarah Pathetic is calling for the rule of the mob! Just what we need, a bunch of people who can only yell and never listen lead by a bimbo!

    March 27, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Pedro

    Sarah and her tea bagging friends are the lice and rodents of America. Why is CNN wasting the bandwidth to cover this?

    March 27, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. John

    KKK... All over again!!!

    March 27, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Somehow the words 'Sarah Pallin' and 'common sense' just don't belong in the same sentence.

    March 27, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Dale

    I see she still can memorize a speech. But at least she's moved up from her hand to a piece of paper.

    Did those attending see the irony in having a person the American Public made sure WOULDN'T be vice-president up there telling everyone to vote out politicians they don't like? No, probably not. Reality and humor are not strong-points of those involved.

    From the sound of things, it appears that the event did a lot of good for Reid – made him look like someone intent on doing good for the people of his state and showed a gracious sense of humor about the event. Perhaps the Tea Party should consider having him speak next time, as he seems to have a better handle on what the majority of Americans want instead of someone as vapid as Palin.

    March 27, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Kari

    I would like an explanation of what "take back our country" means too.

    March 27, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. max

    Hey Claudia from Texas,

    What sarah is referring to is "lets get the black person out of the white house and put a white person back in there". it also means "Hey white people, time to the country back from the minorities".

    When she uses the word "our" it is very divisive!!!!!!

    March 27, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. max

    Hey Claudia from Texas,

    What sarah is referring to is "lets get the black person out of the white house and put a white person back in there". it also means "Hey white people, time to get the country back from the minorities".

    When she uses the word "our" it is very divisive!!!!!!

    March 27, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. cindy ex-republican cause of people like rush

    Claudia, it is Palins way of starting a bunch of hate, violence, etc. in as subtle a way as possible. When the nuts she speaks to really hurt someone or do something drastic, she should be held accountable. She has to much self love to worry about anyone but Sarah. She will say what people want to hear and only the dumbest and most hate filled of our fellow Americans think she is great. She will fade away soon, people are all starting to get tired of the trouble she stirs up. She is jealous of the POTUS and bitter she lost the Presidency for
    McCain. PLease, please let her go away soon, I wish I could sit face to face with McCain and tell him what I think of him for bringing her into the spotlight.

    March 27, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Evidently Pallin 'thinks' the country was somehow stolen from "common sense conservatives" by idiot demons. Guess she wasn't paying any attention while Bush (you can't count him as one of the Wahington elite because he owns boots and cuts brush) put this country into an economic nosedive. This woman is like a freak show and most people are watching and listening to her because it's more entertaining that a lot of other stuff on TV.

    March 27, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Rick

    She needs to shut upo and and stay home and take care of her unwed daughter andher other baggage.

    March 27, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Rick

    She needs to shut up and and stay home and take care of her unwed daughter and her other baggage.

    March 27, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Brian

    It's about taking back the government from progressives and electing conservatives.

    March 27, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. WHAT???????????

    To Claudia, Houston: The republicans don't know what it means..they just say it.. Must be the lack of education on their part.

    March 27, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. Tiffanie

    It means that they will not accept the fact a Black man is in the White House.

    March 27, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin's reemergence from political obscurity does not bode well for the GOP. Her political speeches sounds like talking points from conservative right wing talk show entertainers like Limbaugh, Coulter, and Beck. Independents and moderates will be turned off by the strident tone of GOP politicians who try to cater to extremists in the GOP and Tea Party supporters.

    March 27, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. AndyBlue

    Its only fitting that Sarah Palin lead the teabaggers. They are as ignorant (thanks to Fox News) as Palin on just about every issue when asked.

    John McCain has been officially named and linked the teabaggers candidate now sarah announced yesterday.

    McCain looked a little bewildered when she said it......LOL!!!

    March 27, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Neik, Columbia SC

    I am sick of hearing this b!%*C!!!!

    March 27, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Jen B

    I suspect "take back our country" is another way of saying let's return to the good old days when our Presidents were white.

    Incidentally, I am an old white gal who was thrilled and proud to vote for Obama. My admiration for him and his efforts continues to grow.

    Palin, Bachman and their like are a global joke.

    March 27, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. MikeH

    Looks like a good target for a Predator drone hellfire missle strike, think of all the terrorists that would get taken out.

    March 27, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. MP-Pennsylvania

    Sara Palin,
    You were/are fired from politics. You are one of the most polarizing woman I have ever seen in politics. As a woman, I cannot stand your rants. McCain lose because of you. And I believe Pelosi is a better role model for my daughters than you. Have fun with your tea parties

    March 27, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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