October 19th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
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Progressives hit Harry Reid on health care

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(CNN) - Days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid launched a pair of campaign ads in anticipation of a potentially difficult reelection bid, the Nevada Democrat is taking heat in his home state from liberal activists upset over the likelihood that the final Senate health care bill will not include a public option.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal political action committee with the express goal of electing progressive candidates to federal office, is launching a new ad in Nevada this week that asks, "Is Harry Reid strong enough?"

The 30-second commercial features a longtime Nevada nurse, Lee Slaughter, whose health care is refusing to pay for complications dealing with broken hips.

"Iā€¦voted for Senator Harry Reid many times," Slaughter says. "But in 2010, I'll only be voting on one issue. I'm watching to see if Harry Reid is strong and effective enough as a leader to pass a public health insurance option into law."

The ad will begin running Wednesday in the Las Vegas media market on broadcast and cable. The group, which boasts a membership of 225,000, is hoping to raise $100,000 to keep the commercial on the air. The group's recent ad taking aim at Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, raised over $230,000.

The spot comes 5 days after Reid went up with two campaign ads in Nevada, "Hard Work" and "Jobs," as the four-term senator braces for what will likely be tough re-election fight.

The most recent poll of Nevada voters suggests Reid trails both his Republican rivals in hypothetical 2010 match ups. According to a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and released last week, Reid is down 10 points to Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue Lowden and down 5 points to businessman Danny Tarkanian. The poll also indicates that half of Nevada's voters have an unfavorable view of Reid, with 38 percent viewing him favorably.

Reid is also facing fire from the right meanwhile as the Republican National Committee begain running a radio ad in the Reno media market last week that links the Nevada Democrat to what it calls the failed economic stimulus package.

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  1. Tracy Weaver

    im wating

    October 19, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. slp

    I have been doing some thinking about why democrats are so eager to have government take over their lives and I have come to a conclusion. All of you who seem to care so much about the poor really don't. You see, if the government is taking care of them, then you won't have to be bothered. None of your time or your money will have to be used and you can go about your life free of guilt. There is just one little tiny problem with your theory. Somebody has to pay for this government help. That would be you and me, boys and girls. One way or another you will be giving to the poor. However, it just won't be the people who are poor due to circumstances out of their control. It will also be all of those who don't won't to work and will expect you to fork over your hard earned money so they can continue to not work.

    October 19, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. K

    You have to factor in that the Republicans MAIN OBJECTIVE is to obstruct our President, not just because he's a Democrat, but also because he's African American.....

    The American people pay the price for this, I hope to God Republicans never regain power.....

    Rush Limbaugh said it, and so did many other elected Republican officials, they want the President to fail....!

    October 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no literary criric but...

    "Every survey shows that most americans are AGAINST the public option.'

    What surveys? Almost all of the ones I have seen show a majority of Americans supporting a public option. Including surveys of doctors and small business owners. I am choosing to ignore the Fox "news" push polls. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand is still an idiot. (Yes, I've done the readin'.)

    October 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Harry Reid must make a robust public option a reality as part of meaningful health care reform. Not only for the sake of all Americans, but also for the sake of the future of the Democratic Party.

    Because, folks, look at who's the real opposition to health care reform: People like Rick Scott, former chairman of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

    You remember that group? HCA was convicted of defrauding Medicare of millions of dollars.

    Civil law suits cost HCA more than $1.7 BILLION in fines to settle, including more than $500 million paid in 2003 to the two whistleblowers who brought their thievery to light.

    All I can say is, when you sit down and think of who the GOP really represents, remember that their opposition strategy to real health care reform is run by the likes of Rick Scott.

    October 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Mike in MT

    I don't think Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Max Baucus of Montana have the 'guts', stomach or 'brains' to pass a new health care reform legislation bill with the 'public option'. To tell you the truth, if the 'public option' is NOT in the health care bill.., its not a new health care bill and the big 'greedy' health care insurance companies win ! Mike in Montana P.S.: I, my family and friends will 'not' be voting for Senator Max Baucus, the next time around, if there is no 'public option'. Have a nice retirement, Max.., with your insurance buddys.

    October 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Dan

    Good. Get rid of Dirty Harry. He's the worst Senate leader in history.

    October 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Obama WORST president EVER

    Even crazy lefties hate Reid? The guy's a wonder of incompetence.

    October 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Bill, Bloominton IL

    The " New Silent Majority" has already walked away from the democratic party. Happy 2010.

    October 19, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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