March 27th, 2010
09:32 AM ET
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Tea Party protest goes to Reid's hometown in Nevada


Tea Party activists in RVs started arriving earlier this week at the rally site, an undeveloped piece of land down a mile-long dirt road. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Caravans of Tea Party activists will roll into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hometown in rural Nevada on Saturday to rally for his defeat in November.

Sarah Palin, who derided big government spending and "the Obama Pelosi Reid agenda" on Friday, will headline the event dubbed "Showdown in Searchlight."

The stop is part of the latest cross-country protest against big government and health care reform. Activists hope the protest will carry a strong symbolic message.

Reid, the four-term Democratic incumbent, is from the small town, which has one gas station and a McDonald's restaurant. Earlier in the week, activists in RVs started arriving at the rally site, an undeveloped piece of land down a mile-long dirt road.

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Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Tea Party movement
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  1. Ron in Asheville, NC

    At this point the TP folks have been so thoroughly discredited that it'll probably help Harry at the polls . . .

    March 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    Good for you Tea Party folks.....

    March 27, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. GuyInVA

    I've been to Searchlight, NV. The only reason to gather there is if your car breaks down. As conservative as I am, I have to laugh at the description of Danny Tarkanian as a "businessman". How about a little honesty here. He may very well be a businesman, but describe him using the only reason he'll get any votes. Try "Danny Tarkanian, former point guard at UNLV and son of former UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian". That may be enough to get him into the senate.

    March 27, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Where were these Tea Party folks "passions" when the Bush regime enacted the largest expansion of government power and intrusion into the citizen's lives with his blatant violations of FISA by ordering spying on millions of Americans, with the poorly named Patriot Act, by launching a costly war of choice with deceit in Iraq, by violating core principals of the U.S. Constition, and by turning a huge surplus into a record breaking deficit? Where was their "outrage" then?

    March 27, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Moderate

    Don't worry, they're getting smaller all the time

    March 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    We are in the 21st Century now, not the 18th. Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, and the others are all dead now. We will never live in the world of the Founding Fathers. We will never live in that Norman Rockwell version of America that existed briefly in a few places.

    We must live instead in the ugly world we have built for ourselves through greed and neglect of our problems. We must exist in an unstable global economy, dependent on long fragile supply lines for the essentials of life (food, oil, clothing, construction supplies, computers, cars, etc.). Those supply lines run through unfriendly nations all over the world who dislike us so much that they would not do business with us if they didn't want our money so badly.

    We have wonderful medical technology that most of the world and many Americans cannot afford. We have accumulated more knowledge than humans have ever known, but we cannot afford to educate our children well. We have among us millions of religious zealots who are ready to kill to advance the causes of their local or regional deities, including killing their fellow believers. We are dumping millions of tons of god-knows-what into the air, soil, and water. Bizarre new disorders like autism and AIDS are ruining the lives of more and more of us, and no one knows how to cure and prevent them.

    And Global Warming – the tyrannosaurus Rex of humankind's problems – is rushing toward us like a runaway locomotive according to every reputable scientist on earth.

    And you Conservatives are preventing us from dealing rationally with any of these monstrous issues by throwing one tantrum after another. Noe one of you can describe to us the society you'd like America to become. You are all noise and no thought. It seems that your whole philosophy, the entire sum-total of Conservatism can be summed up in one sentence: "I want everything to stay exactly as it is right now, except I want to have a lot more money and power."

    That is the Conservative Constitution.

    March 27, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. patricia c

    These people are all Rich ,drop a load of money on Search Light NV.heard they need it. Drop by the shop for some coffee its only 10 cents.

    March 27, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. sandra kennedy

    Now that health care has passed leave it alone. All the polls show that 50% are glad and see it as a very positive act and yet all you republicans insist on quoteing polls taken mths. ago to try and prove a facts that don't exist. Its always been a known fact that the GOP has always been for the rich and whatever the poor or middle class get has always been gotten by the Democrats. Your party has been against all the social programs that are in existance today. Your opinions of anyone who needs to use one of these programs is pure distaste. Never mind the fact that people have been put out on the street by the millions with all security and benefits gone, families who are suffering because of greedy corporate big cats who have had to have all their pockets lengthened to hold all the profits they are raking in by moving all of our manufacturing jobs over seas and getting the products made then bring your product back to the states and price them the same as if you'd paid union wages to the workers. Hopefully God will have a special place sit aside for all of you.

    March 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. It's Me

    We, meaning most of America, are DONE with these folks. They are making themselves into laughing stocks around the world.

    And don't think we're stupid with Can't-or trying to make it out to be the Dems falt. The Rethugs don't even know what the words 'responsible for your actions' mean. They have to push the blame onto someone else. It's NEVER their fault, it's ALWAYS someone elses fault. What a bunch of wussies.

    OWN UP to what YOU created in these Tea-Bagger Terrorists. YES, what they are doing is DOMESTIC TERRORISM.

    March 27, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Ryan

    These people need a restraining order. They aren't a movement... they're an angry racist mob is all they are.

    I think our President is doing a great job at moving this country forward and if these people have an issue with the way the majority votes, then they can "protest" on election day with their vote just like we did when we sent a message to every Republican that we're tired of our government being bought and paid for by some corporations.

    Honestly, the tea baggers are just embarrassing themselves and taking us down with them. Bubba and Lurlene just need to go back to Wal-mart.

    March 27, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. bob

    HA! They don't know what they are getting into. Ever been to Searchlight? It's a po-dunk, speed trap desert town. That's a perfect place where the wingnuts can throw their tea party and no one will care. Maybe the weekender Harley riders will rev their motors for them as they pass by.

    Whoever thought of this, live outside of Nevada. Hell, it should have a Searchlight, that is the only way someone would notice the desert town.

    Next the Tea Party should take their RV's down to Quartzite - PARTY!!

    March 27, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Chris

    Let's see, one of the core tenets of the Tea Party movement is for state's rights, because they don't want outsiders from out of state coming in and imposing their beliefs on the locals. And how do they push this idea? By bringing in alot of outsiders from out of state and imposing their beliefs on the locals.

    March 27, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. toddlersoccerMOM

    where was this freakin tea party when the republicans screwed this country over.....having multiple sclerosis since i was 20, i know this healthcare reform was well needed. republican party & tea party are for the very very rich white people.....not middle american working class, working hard everyday.......if you don't have 6 houses and counting like mccain or a reality show tv deal like the genious palin, why join?

    March 27, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. BobH

    It's amazing what people pay attention to. The Tea Party mobilizes a few thousand people, and it's all over the news. Nearly 200,000 rally for immigration reform, and it barely gets mentioned. There's a poodle with a tinfoil hat on Facebook that has more fans than the Tea Party. Why don't we see daily news report on what the poodle has to say?

    March 27, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Is she going to be wearing that ugly leather jacket again?
    mccain and cindy looked so umcomfortable during her shrill session. How low can a man go?
    The bimbo is talking about big government and against our President while mccasty says he is not working on anything for the rest of the year.
    Darn it, I didn't know that that is all it takes. I am going to go to work on Monday and tell my boss that I am not working anymore but he still has to pay me. Yeah right, I would join the ranks of the unemployed that same day.

    March 27, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The racist maniacs on the move.... wait until they start some violence, then they'll be on the run.....

    March 27, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. me

    Palin 2012 🙂

    March 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Indy

    Still waiting for one iota of an idea from Palin and the Tea Party. They yell and scream about smaller government, but not one idea put forth on what they would cut and how and why. The you have them spewing forth how they want to repeal and reload. What, where, when, why and how exactly is this going to be done and what is the expected effect. They are just empty threats with no ideas on execution of how and why they will effectively make change.When all you have is pep rallies it is pretty hard for the educated to support anything you stand for. With Palin you have 299 million that don't buy her credentials and a million that love her so I guess you can't expect much from a hack mayor and part time Governor that threw her socialist state to the wolves for money in her pocket.

    March 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. john

    I really am kind of sick of these guys. What do they in reality do to promote anything that is positive about my Country? They really dont, and ya some on the other side are the same. Personally I see spring coming and Wisconsin where I live will change again into it's beauty. I think this is a great country with great people in general. We need to get back to understanding why there are two topics not brought up in working with the public , one is religion and the other is politics. As most of us can see there is a great reason why. Yes we all got our own things and its not something we need to force others into. These nuts really could be helping out more with volunteering and such to the unemployed and more. They seem preoccupied with spreading disgust. I just am getting really sick of it.

    March 27, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. jacejohn

    Thank you, thank you, tea partiers. We need to get Harry Reid voted out of his seat. He couldn't care less what his constituents wanted and instead pushed this monstrous healthcare bill through. The majority of Americans don't want it, business doesn't want it, and we don't want Harry Reid to ever get another opportunity to go against the wishes of the American people.

    March 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Death Panel Sarah

    Enough of these whackos!!!
    Time to 'make' some tea!!

    March 27, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The right wingnuts fear Pelosi and Reid because they do what is best for Americans, not necessarily for the big business lobbyists and Fox news. Harry and Nancy have been trying to take back the role of government away from the special interest groups.

    March 27, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Death Panel Sarah

    Big government spending is OK for blowing up middle-easterners or giving away to the rich or to large corporations.......but it is horrible to spend on OUR OWN needy people!!!!

    March 27, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. cindy ex-republican cause of people like rush

    Sarah will be her own downfall. We, not matter what Political Party we support are getting tired of the likes of her trying to split the United States of America apart. Those that are not crazy as a loon, those that are intelligent and think normally, who can control the dislike they have for our President will start to distance themselves from one of the most hateful, vicious, untruthful, unchristian like person in the public eye. Please everyone, please, let there be a peaceful America again. Don't you see that Palin, Rush, Beck and the likes of them are playing you. They care about themselves and money. Sarah paraded that poor baby around for sympathy and votes. Can you not see what she is

    March 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. cindy ex-republican cause of people like rush

    I would like to make a point to those that defend Sarah Palin the Plague McCain unleashed on us. That out of 200-300 + comments in these articles about her, there are only approximately 7-12 comments each time that defend her. That is a comfort as it shows me she will never be taken seriously by the people who vote. And out of those comments, a lot are probably from the same person and others are from whack jobs like the one who keeps writing that Sarah is wonderful and will be the first of white female Presidents and after her all will be white female Presidents. How pathetic. That is what Palin attracks.

    March 27, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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