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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  1. VernisRobertson

    Democrates need to stop letting these so called Liberals pushing them around. The Liberals are ones who put this country in this situation that we are facing . 2 wars , tax cuts for the rich , passing a credit bill , the credit card companies wrote themselves. Just look at gas prices alone , this is what liberals has done. The liberals model is to starve the pig and stack your money . These Republicans want you people to believe that , the problems that this country face was started by the Obama administration. They fooled this country into war , they told us that we are running out oil , they tax the middle class while giving the rich a tax cut . What is really happening to this country , these are all the Bush policies coming into effect now. The Republcan party have been pissing on the American people heads for years telling us it's rain . Just go back in history since Ronald Reagan a republican see the ecomonic impact these republicans President have on the economy . Just think back for moment and see what went wrong in this country in the last pass 8 years , Bush got into office by cheating on the election and the country has been going down hill every since.

    October 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Jim

    I can always tell what the Republican operatives are working on by looking at their comments on CNN. They are out in force on Mr Reid.

    I actually think Mr. Reid wants a public option but is navigating the waters trying to make it happen. It is the only way I see to cut the costs of health care. You will notice that the right wingers commenting on this article aren't proposing any viable solutions, they are just trying to trash Democrats.

    October 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Sharon Plainfield NJ

    If the healtcare reform bill do not pass who is to blame? Who do you blame of rising cost of insurance or was turn away because of pre-conditions? Who do you apologize to if some member of family die because they were turnaway? To all the naysayers if these questions do not applied to you think twice. It will infect you and your children in the future. Think about it. Can you afford the rising cost and be turnaway due to pre-condition or for whatever reason to be turndown. I know I can't.

    October 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. www.firedoglake.com

    I proudly contributed to Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee ad campaign to pressure Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Olympia Snowe.

    I made the contributions via ActBlue.com.

    Real health care reform that must include a public health care option is not a liberal or progessive issue.

    A public health care option is far too popular among all Americans to call it anything but a moderate position in the debate over how to reform health care.


    October 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. victim of republican greed

    I think we need to wait to see who Ensign endorses.

    October 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. yuri

    GOP wingnuts are workin' on ways to wear wings to fly into the zones of economic and health care reforms, to wear down the proponents of reforms in general. Their alternative solutions, though needing some analyses, are not essentially all-encompassing, but a short-term fix, as they appear.

    October 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    If Senator Reid sides with the Neo"Cons" or any financial group other than voters, he will find it hard to get any further support for a future in politics. We need strength in numbers, NOT a bunch of Fake leaders who CAN BE BOUGHT at tne drop of some MONEY! Get It, WE ARE ON TO YOU ALL IN MAJORITY NUMBERS? If you all continue to appease, assist, and do policy for the Corporatocracy, WE WILLm GET YOU OUT of this Government real soon. Just sign me, Sliding Fee Clinic in Seattle, NO personal Healthcare Plan, 61 and counting this week! Peace, Jane

    October 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Glen Beck is king of the morons

    Six of his sons are bagmen for Corporate welfare cheats.

    October 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. JS007

    As I've said many times before, a Democrat that sells out to big insurance just like the Republicans do is really not much of a difference, so hammer them and teach them a lesson – you are voted in to help the people, not to sell your soul for campaign contributions!

    October 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Perceptions

    Our liberal MSM wolfpack press never did fully investigate Reid's $million land scandel deal, did they?

    Well Reid will be replaced by a Republican next year anyways. Reid will have plenty of time to spent that million bucks.................sad.

    October 19, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Obama Victim

    looks like the Dems have formed a circular firing squad........sweeeeeeeeet

    October 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Frank, Las Vegas

    I'm surprised to see so many insurance company supporters here. They have been raping us for years and still these people want more. They have been scared into thinking there's a bi plot to do something, not sure what they are scared of, I guess it's the Beck Syndrome.

    To USN, that is how all bills are worked out between committees. To all the others, you might want to wait until there IS a bill, then we can talk about actual items instead of stories of fear.

    October 19, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Blame Reid's woes on the GOP if you will but that is a cop out. Once again, you liberals own the WH, Senate, and lower House and STILL can't get anything done! Instead of point your idle fingers at the GOP, you may want to have a good talk with the dems/libs in DC. Ask them why they cannot pass anything! In short, you liberals have been had! Hope and change? Since when?

    October 19, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Progressive politics is what got us into this mess. There is only one test of what is right for America and that is it constitutional? Since 1913 the progressives have had their way of Government by majority rules, but this is not a democracy here, we are a republic with a set of laws made by our founders called the Bill of Rights and the U.S Constitution.
    The biggest scam ever played on the American people was the creation by the progressives of a private central bank we know as the Federal Reserve Bank. Ever since this creation the progressives gave themselves the power to undermine our Constitution.
    Read Dr. Paul’s new book “End the FED” today.

    October 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. susanj

    This country absolutely positively needs a public option. The insurance cartel and their cronies are doing everything in their power to defeat this public option. They want to continue to make landslide profits, increase our premiums every friggin year and the dirty rotten republicans and some Dems (who are really republicans) are in their pocket. And anyone in this country who thinks that a public option is the wrong way to go, then you can stay with your insurance company and keep getting ripped off, because you deserve it.

    October 19, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. johnathan

    I have never seen a whimpier, more inneffective leader of the senate. He'd be great for Mr. Roger's neighborhood, though.

    October 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Dale

    We should bypass the entire generation. Put new younger people in office that have something to lose. It is their country and their futures at stake, not these same old people that have been here for years.

    These people have been against America their whole carrers and now they are on top they'll break America down if we let them.

    Let's give the younger people a chance, all parties, they have something to lose so they'll be a little more careful.

    All must go in 2010

    October 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Idiot_Pelosi

    When liberals get a job and figure out a way to pay for things without TAX INCREASES on others, I might pay some attention to them.

    Until then, they can buzz off.

    October 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Adalbert

    If do not remove the profit motive, nothing will change in healt care. Period.

    October 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Jamie

    I have been asking the same question, why is Harry Reid such a weakling when Pelosi can keep the House in order? I really do think he needs to step down as Majority leader and Baucus needs to be put in his place as well. Finally, what has all the 'dependence' on Snowe come from and what has it gotten us?

    October 19, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. worriedmom

    Now we know what the problem is with this country, it is the Progressive Liberals. If you guys are so determined for everyone to have health care, why don't you put your money where your mouth is? each one of you should sponsor someone and pay for their health care for a year. Of course you don't want to do that, you want someone else to pay for everything. Good example, Michael Moore who when confronted if he would be willing to give money up to help the poor, he would not committ. I have no respect for anyone like that, You want to help the world, just not out of your own pocket.
    Hope Reid loses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Chris Wolfe

    Hooray! Finally some Democrats with some backbone. As a large Democratic contributor, I've decided to not contribute one more dime to the DNC or to any Democrat unless there is a public option in the Healthcare Bill. I think the only way to get Reid, Pelosi, Obama and the DNC's attention is for all contributors to boycott giving for 3-6 months. The Democrats have the House, the Senate and the White House and yet they cave in on every issue – it's exhausting and demoralizing.

    October 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. james

    I was about to post a comment on this but realized it was about Harry Reid so I decided not to waste my time but to comment on my decision not to waste my time.

    October 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Rick CT

    Obama – If you want to keep your health plan, you will keep it.

    That's nice, but....

    – If the plan is too good, we'll tax it (of course Congress will exempt themselves from this).
    – If you're a senior and don't sign for Medicaid, we'll take away your Social Security.

    October 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. George

    No public option, No Harry Reid. We need the public option way moe than we need Harry!

    October 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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