October 19th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
13 years ago

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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soundoff (259 Responses)
  1. Bob in Pa

    This is the biggest power grab for total control of of lives that our elected officials have ever attempted. The "Progressives" want total control of you. What you can think, say, how you live. Go ahead an elect someone on this premise, but I suggest you go home first and watch the movie Demolition Man for a glimpse of your future.

    October 19, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Perhaps there is a perp walk in his future from some of those non-transparent land deals? Then again he will make a super Senate Minority Leader after the 2010 elections. Can you imagine all of the quotes that will come back to haunt him?

    October 19, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As much as I would like to maintain the Dem. majority in the house I find it to be extremely important for the pressure to be applied by the people to ineffective Democrats currently serving and looking to get re-elected. What's the use of having the majority vote if the Dems will not get their act together and vote in unison for the biggest issue on the table affecting their constituents: a Public Healthcare Option?

    October 19, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Randolph Carter, chairman of the death panel

    No public option = no reform. Have a nice day!

    October 19, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Follow the will of the people Harry or you will be tossed out in the same trash as the GOP!

    October 19, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. jfs Memhis, Tn

    The final bill will include a Public option .... it will also pass in Congress. The people, not only in Nevada but across the country, understand that a public option is the only way a reform bill will have ANY meaning. The GOP are putting themselves in a precarious position by not Listening to the new Silent Majority. The New Silent Majority are part of the 8.5 million voters that elected Pres. Obama. The GOP needs to be part of this bill now......before there is no longer a GOP......just a bunch of washed up Conservative Radio Personalities. We Moderates ARE NOT BUYING into The Conservative agenda this time.

    October 19, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    This group up there is making a total mess of the United States and destroying it as they go. Give them all their well deserved PINK SLIP in 2010 and 2012.

    October 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Joe

    Harry Reid, Nancy "Botox" Pelosi, Rangle, Dodd, Frank – they all need to be unemployed – NOW.

    October 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Gary

    Public Option = no moderate or conservative votes.
    No Public Option = liberals whine and complain but still vote for him.

    Every commercial that implies that Harry Reid will have a bill that doesn't include the public option will actually improve his chance of winning.

    October 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Dutch/BAd Newz, VA

    Whatever they do, they better put the public option in the final bill.

    October 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. A.B.

    The voters of Nevada should make Harry Reid earn their votes. They need to know where he stands on healthcare reform. Does he support the public option? If he does not, he should be kicked out of office in 2010. The same thing applies to all other democratic politicians. I will be testing my leadership to see where they stand on this issue. Their answer will determine wheither I will vote for them in 2010. Max Baucus must go!! Vote for the Public Option!!

    October 19, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Obama supporter

    For some reason the Democrats don't have the backbone to stand up to all the Republican hotair and lies. Stop that. Geter done.

    October 19, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. victim of republican greed

    The $750 billion Bush Bail Out of banks with no strings attached was the final criminal act of the culture of corruption we endured over the last 8 years.

    October 19, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Melissa

    There is no obsession with Bush other than the fact that it would be incredibly idiotic to brush the last 8 years aside as though they never happened when the last 8 years of Bush are the reason we are where we are today. Only irresponsible children would behave that way.

    As for the so-called "progressives", they are anything but "about progress" and are just a bunch of Conservatives trying to make people forget what they did over the last 8 years.

    October 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Wise Latina

    It must be tough being Harry Reid. He is far too wacky and corrupt for the 70% which are sensible ("smelly" and "un-American", according to Harry) Amercians, and not nearly wacky and corrupt enough for the loony left fringe of George Soros.

    However, this is the lot with which has has cast his fate. Buh-bye Harry, apparently NO ONE will miss you!!!

    October 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Donna P.

    It is so funny to watch the Democrats self-destruct. Can they do anything right?

    October 19, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. USN

    Obama PROMMISSED open above board debate on health care , what do we get ? Dems plotting behind closed doors on how to fool us into accepting a rotten bill that takes power and gives nothing !

    October 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. southerncousin

    I think it is so neat that White House and their CNN affiliate finally caught someone on Fox News lying. Oh wait, Rick Sanchez isn;t on Fox. He is a solid CNN "hit." Any aplogies to Rush or just "my bad" on twitter. Kind of a liberal thing to do, huh.

    October 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. db

    There are plenty of reasons to oppose Reid, but the possibility of health care reform without a public option (read Trojan Horse for single-payer) isn't one of them. Reid has pretty much been a disaster, but he could partially redeem himself by resisting this piece of creeping Socialism.

    October 19, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. I could say or day anything

    and yet, you take you moment to say nothing

    very telling of your vision for our country and how stubborn you are

    October 19, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Liberals this and liberals that... there's the diversion. How do we understand a nurse with no health coverage, needing the public option at all? Is health insurance soon to be a luxury for only the wealthy? Somebody needs to do something to some industry here.

    October 19, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Pat F

    Don't you worry, liberals. Reid doesn't have a moral bone in his body. You can make him rollover like a doy if you want to. If you tell him to jump, he'll be airborne before the words are out of your mouth.

    In other words, the perfect liberal! Obedient to the all powerful Socialist Agenda.

    October 19, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Biased

    Where is all the transparency these democrats promised? Obama said health care planing would be done around a table to be televised on C-Span? Did I miss it? Now we have demands to pass a bill last August that didn't exist. We have no real clue about the Baucus bill and then we read the melding of the two Senate bills is being done behind closed doors with Reid, Baucus, Dodd and RAHM EMMANUEL from the White House. Since democrats voted down having it appear on the internet for 3 days to read it, will they read it first before voting on it? Maybe Reid should worry about his future election chances. They haven't really done what they promised in order to get elected.

    October 19, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    This is precious...the far left running ads saying they will not vote for Harry Reid unless the Senate bill contains a Public Option which would kill the whole health reform effort all on it's own. Americans don't want it, can't afford it and it's a bad idea to begin with, but somehow they are still finding money to harass him for not making it happen.

    October 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Mark from Louisiana

    I didn't think one snake would attack another snake

    October 19, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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