October 15th, 2013
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Rep. Charles Rangel compares tea party in House to 'confederates'

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Charles Rangel on Tuesday compared what he considers the most intransigent members of the House Republican caucus with the Confederates of the American Civil War.

The last-minute holdups on a deal over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, the longtime Democrat from New York City told CNN's Ashleigh Banfield, are not coming from conflict between Republicans and Democrats.

Rather, "this is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they're coming from," Rangel said.

"The same way they fought as Confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it."

Rangel was asked to confirm that he was referring to the Confederates of the Civil War. He told Banfield, "If you take a look at the states that they control, take a look at the Dixiecrats, see how they went over the Republican Party…"

To that Banfield pointed out that Michelle Bachmann, a major voice against Obamacare, is not a Dixiecrat but a Republican from Minnesota.


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soundoff (303 Responses)
  1. Jason

    Most of you guys have no idea what your talking about. Remember, it was the republicans that frees the slaves. It was the democrats that wanted them to remain slaves. I echo what Rick said above,"Know your history, do not rewrite it." Back to reality people.

    October 16, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. nuclear mike

    I "resemble" that remark...the CSA fought against such an evil Central Federal government as the saying went "Down with the Eagle and up with the Cross!!!"

    This unchecked Federal spending with unchecked Federal borrowing is the real reason that this Country is in this dire condition and it will not end for several decades as our children's future has been borrowed and squandered!

    October 16, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  3. I See Your True Face

    Compare the Tea Party to what?, Hmm, maybe its time we compare you to a racists, oh wait thats what you are!

    October 16, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  4. Gaston

    When politicians are spending like drunken sailors and cry for another credit line increase, there has to be a voice of reason that demands a balanced budget before getting that credit line increase. That voice of reason is the Tea Party.

    October 16, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  5. Curtis

    The reference to the American Civil War might not be too bad. The Republicans are not the confederates. They are the North trying to abolish slavery to debt.

    October 16, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  6. bobpitt

    Bin Laden destroyed the Russian economy, and wanted to destroy the American economy. Who need the Taliban or Al-Qaida, Right win nuts do a very good job destroying your economy.. !!!

    October 16, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  7. Tad1950

    From Charlie Rangel, one of the biggest crooks and thieves in Congress...look who is calling the kettle black...

    October 16, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Research your history folks. Many politicians who also had ties to the KKK, were southern DEMOCRATS--then and now.

    Martin Luther King-Republican
    Abraham Lincoln-Republican

    Do your own research. Don' just believe what you read on CNN. Have a brain for yourselves.

    October 16, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  9. Anonymous

    I would rather take the first 535 people in the phone book, send them to DC to be senators and congressmen than keep the clowns that are there now. They have forgotten who elected them. Term limits should be the rule of law as well as a limit of campaign spending.

    October 16, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  10. TONE

    Let me be blunt they are racist, out to linch the President.

    October 16, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  11. Brandy

    I'm a Southern Democrat, and what you people need to understand is that the we are not a small minority. Yes, in the South Republicans/Tea Baggers outnumber us but not by as wide a margin as you might think. Unfortunately, almost half the state doesn't even vote. The problem in the South is religion. A woman once told me that it was against God to vote Democrat. You'd be shocked how many people believe this. I'm shocked that anyone who conforms to GOP's selfish ideals would call themselves a Christian. Please don't judge us all as crazy because I know the rest of the country has their fair share of nutcases.

    October 16, 2013 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  12. dave

    You can't reason with them, like they were rational people, like religious fanatics. Even elections might not get rid of them, they have jerrymandering, and all that money they get because of the S.C. decision. All those dirty tactics by the republicans as a whole might have orchestrated their own demise, but the Nation, the World, may have to pay a heck of a price just to get rid of the republican party. They may destroy everything as they go down. It would have been so easy just to vote them out, now that may not be possible, and the consequences for that demise might be severe.

    October 16, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  13. Thinkergal

    Rangel is soooooo correct! I grew up in the South and still have family there. At 67 years old, I can remember KKK groups and "the South will rise again" signs. The racism and ignorance are now legitimized in the ilk of David Vitter and the so-called "tea party."

    October 16, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  14. Mark

    Hey Charlie, pay your taxes.

    October 16, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  15. ImvotingforHillary

    He is 100% correct.

    October 16, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. foreverflag

    This coming from a tax cheat, how funny. Maybe someone should wash his dirty laundry in public

    October 16, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. John Boy

    You guys.... Socialists?? Seriously?? "No one should spend lavishly on someone elses sweat...?" It's this sort of twisted retoric that keeps the problems from being fixed. I don't know of a single businessman/developer of business and jobs who has ever sweat. They make their fortunes on the backs of poor labor and use government provided infrastructure for means of commerce and government provided loans for capitol or tax relief. You sicken me to the point of anger. Your ideals are wrong for progress. Your thoughts are contrary to the common good. And your posting shows how incredibly guilty you are.

    October 16, 2013 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  18. Hugh McCabe

    Charles Rangel is a racist, tax-evading slumlord who wears $2,000 suits, lobbies for more free stuff for the poor, and then over-charges them for rent for the dumps he owns. He should retire, live off the millions he has stolen from his congressional district and shut up.

    October 16, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  19. Greg

    Rangel pays no taxes to help the poor. If only I could not pay any and get away with it like the crook rangel.

    October 16, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. FB for Christie???

    It's not the Dems waving the Confederate flag around ... as far as I've seen, a LOT of Republicans are PROUD to wave it around.

    October 16, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. Ron in SC

    Calling them confederates would be a compliment...they are traitors

    October 16, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  22. Dar

    I just love hearing all the Dems agree with a crook. Birds of a feather ring a bell!!!!

    October 16, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  23. jh

    Living within your means is just great.

    When you're attempting to do this, however, you don't stop paying off your mortgage and credit cards for debts already incurred. That's what the debt ceiling publicly threatens every time it comes up. It's no wonder there are more threats of bond rating agencies downgrading US treasuries - and longer term of higher interest rates on our debts. Do we want to "refinance" from 3% to 10% as part of "living within our means"?

    October 16, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  24. Jeff

    The Confederate Leaders were men of honor. That is not true of Tea Party leaders. They are just disruptive.

    October 16, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Hal

    Yes, Bob, because as we all know, the economy of the country and indeed the world, is EXACTLY like your household budget. It's just that simple, right?

    October 16, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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