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.

"I…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. Flex

    I pay $2500 every month to get out of debt. I also pay $2000 in rent, and over $1000 in taxes every other week, but I can't afford health care.

    What can't we have national health care to insure a worker bee, like myself, so that I can successfully pay off my debts, and continue to be a productive individual in our society?

    This isn't asking for much!

    October 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    It is funny seeing republicans defending SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICAD back then they were against it and Progressive created both programs.

    Back then rethugs used fear to stop americans from getting it. And now many years pass they discovered it was a good move for AMERICANS and now defend it LOL as the same PUBLIC OPTION WILL BE


    key word OPTION LOL it not forced health care you BARBARIC REPUBLICANS WITH IQ OF 1 LOL

    October 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Todd

    Health care "reform" will do for the GOP what it did under Clinton. Energize the Conservative base, alienate seniors, cause fiscally conservative independents to sway to the right, and fracture the Dems into squabbling, cannibalistic factions.

    As much as I love it, I hope that IF the GOP actually SOMEHOW manages to make strides in Congress in 2010, they prove themselves worthy of their constituents. They spent 6 of the last 8 years acting like Democrats, followed by the idiocy of the McCain-Palin campaign trying to look like a couple of "mini-Bushes" and so committing electoral suicide, and lost my vote, along with the votes of hundreds of thousands of others who normally vote Republican, .

    October 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |

    HAHAHA Liberals Morons will lose this war. The American People don't want a public Option, get over it and move on. The Conservatives will take over 2010 and 2012. Harry Reid and the rest of the Morons liberals needs to step down and RESIGN ASAP!!!!!! GIVE BACK the USA to the conservative movement!! !Duty, Honor Country and GOD!!!

    October 19, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. kevin

    I am a middle class single father. I do not want a public option period. Let those who need insurance pay for it themselves or get a job with benefits. Kick Obama out in 2012

    October 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Marie in California

    Seems like Reid is caught in a classic double-bind. No matter which way he goes, he loses.

    I'll enjoy watching this unfold.

    October 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Rcthom

    I can buy the same insurance I have in California in Arkansas for 60% less, so why can't I buy it? Government intervention, with the Congress with now have I have lost any trust in the US Government. Please if your liberal attitude will not let listen to what the people are saying, less government not more. Please move to a country that it's people want to be sheep and not have to think or have to make any decision for themselves, my suggestion why don't you try France! Just get out of my life!

    October 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. OldUncleTom

    By this time next year, Nevadans will likely be voting for 2 Senators.

    Ensign should be on his way to the slammer already, and I have good confidence it will happen before the next election.

    That should rehabilitate Harry's image a taste, even if he doesn't find his spine in the interim.

    October 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Grrr-awful-o

    All Dims ever do is attack and complain and blame. Well, not entirely true. They take other people's hard earned money too. None of this is really news is it? So they attack one of their own. They attack like other people breathe.

    October 19, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. lefty loosy

    A cohesive democratic party runs the whole show and they only thing they can do is fight amongst themselves and blame republicans for everthing. You got your CHANGE , and nothing has come of it.
    2010 mid terms should be real interesting

    October 19, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Tony

    Be careful what you wish for! Senator Reid may be out and then there will be another Sen. Ensign!
    BTW, polling data suggests the majority of Americans support a public option.

    October 19, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Abendego

    The idea that this is a Christian Country is clearly down the drain. The current religion is, " ME and the heck with you".
    Most of these arguments show how poorly our schools prepare for analysis of public issues. Lots of emotion and wishful thinking.

    October 19, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Jerome

    Harry Reed has be an ineffective and timid leader of the Senate since he was appointed to the position. We need leaders with vision and the guts to lead yet the wisdom to compromise. Senator Read has not shown that he as what it takes to be a real leader nor a strong vision of where the country needs to go. He is good at compromising, but bends to easily to be an effective leader.

    October 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. littlebitlikethat

    Harry Reid for all his faults is just being pragmatic...something liberals as a whole rarely are. Just look at medicaid, or go to your department of motor vehicles or your post office to see what a wonderful job government does when it tries to run a business.

    October 19, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Padraig

    It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    October 19, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Independent Senior in Bandon, Oregon

    I am hoping for a nationwide protest in favor of public option in health care.

    The problem with this is most people who can't afford health care also cannot afford to travel to rallies.

    It is clear to me that the majority of Americans want the public option.

    October 19, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Fritzy

    Do the "public option" buffoons ever consider that their doctor may not accept their govenment option card. It's the the doctors call whether to accept you or not. I'm in California. If you like the PO so much why don't you go on MediCal now and tell us about your experience.

    Those doctors they recently lined up in their lab suits for that photo op at the WH, to a man, said "I can't survive on Medicare alone." Any questions ???

    October 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Ted Tartaglia

    It looks like the shallow thinking Repubs and Tea Party folks are fired up!

    October 19, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. t22

    For you people that want the public option so badly, just remember when your employer stops paying for health insurance that you'll have to come up with your own money to pay for it, after taxes too. So you'll make the same amount but you'll gladly send in that $20K a year in to insure your family right?

    October 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. donttreadonme

    The President already said that the Government option was not a required component of reform. So if you believe the President it becomes more apparent that the liberals are pushing this “option” in order to gain control of another industry so they can dictate policy. Eventually the Feds will own everything.
    Yes to reform! No to Government take over!

    October 19, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. R in Maine

    It all depends on whether he can get the law through. If yes, all of this is just negotiating.

    October 19, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Operation Replacement

    Harry Reid is toast. But it's interesting to watch him swaying in the wind.

    October 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. The Liberals

    What do we want? Free stuff! When do we want it! Now!!

    October 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Michelle, San Francisco

    Democracy starts at home and not in the Middle East somewhere and the Dem senate should start listening to what the people in this country want and NEED instead of trying to please insurance companies execs. If they don't, they will pay the price next time around and democrats will be very sorry...

    October 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. joe doctor

    Geez, this is just like the 'Pubicans refusing to vote for John McCain because he's not conservative enough. Anyone who votes on a single issue is an idiot, and their advice should not be heeded. And if Harry Reid is ousted, does this whiny nurse actually think that the 'Pubican that replaces her will do more for her health care needs? This is the "duh" of the day.

    Face facts, people, conservatives and liberals alike. NOTHING will get done if nobody is willing to compromise. Now that might suit Limbaugh, Hannitwit, and Malkin just fine, but it won't do for the health of our fellow Americans.

    Time to grow up, America. Enough of this "I'm taking my ball and going home" nonsense.

    October 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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