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. Mason

    Harry Reid is a pathetic leader and the only way he gets re-elected is if the other candidates are inept beyond measure. Reid has never done anything good but criticize the GOP. He won't survive the onslaught for the far left and the far right simutlaneously.

    October 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Dividing America is Obama's real agenda

    I read these posts along with letters to the editor in local newspapers – and I am convinced. Obama's real agenda is to divide America as never before. Just read the comments from both the right and the left and you can see what these misguided fools are all about. Spouting their Republican or Democrat brand of half-truths and BS – these people offer nothing to a legitamate debate. They only know how to name call and cheerlead any politician that bears their stamp of approval by just claiming to be "Democrat" or "Republican". As Bugs Bunny would say – What a Maroon.

    October 19, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. whaley41

    I love how the liberals come up with new names for "socialists".

    October 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    I'm surprised, really. No that Reid is siding with Big Insurance, or that conservatives trust insurance companies more than themselves, apparently. Not even that "liberals" are attacking Reid on his soft turn at health care reform. No, none of this surprises me.

    What does is that the word "socialism" is still being thrown around as a dig at Democrats when clearly the half-wits who use the term not only don't understand it, but don't realize how that tactic only works on people dumber than them, i.e. fellow conservatives.

    October 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    WELL the liberal group that is complaining like the rest of us are can turn the blam over to the REPUBLICANS for maybe not getting a public option . some of these people make me sick .every time something isn't going the way they want it they blam the democrates ..
    get real you bunch of idiots remember who it is that is blocking anything for the middle cla
    ss the word to remember is ( REPUBLICANS ) hope this helps you 🙂

    gary davis
    harbor oregon

    fire it up ready to go

    October 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Bob

    Simple: Don't represent the majoritiy then you don't get re-elected.

    October 19, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Steve Lyons

    What Reid and his criminal band does is raise taxes by mandating people have insurance. Well the US Constitution does NOT allow for mandated insurance. Home/Content insurance is OPTIONAL. Auto Insurance is OPTIONAL, because most states allow you to self insure. By mandating health insurance, the government is gifting TRILLIONS of dollars in premiums to themselves and the insurance carriers. Competition also includes forcing private insurers to compete for customers. If insurance costs too much, skip it. Not so with a mandate, you either buy insurance or pay a fine to the government. That is NOT LIBERTY no matter how well intentioned it may seem. Mandates are the contemporary form of SLAVERY.

    October 19, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. brian

    I'm tired of Redi and Pelosi having no back bone and rolling over for the Minority Republicans. If there's no public option then they both lose my support completely.

    October 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Enough

    And she thinks she'll get quick and quality health care with the Public option................Ha, you think insurance companies are bad, wait until the government gets involved, you'll be crying your eyes out for the private insurance we used to enjoy! Careful what you wish for.

    October 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    Amazing..... when will the lefties realize that most people do not think the way they do? If Reid can't deliver on the public oprion, it is because most Americans DON'T WANT IT! On the other hand, I love it when dems eat their own.

    October 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Jack

    Gimme, gimme, gimme! Oh if you aren't going to gimme then I will vote for the politician that will gimme.

    Though I have no love for any of them. This is funny. I hope all the current incompetent polticians (which is virtually all of them) self-destruct and lose their next election.

    If we only had term limits. Ah, but that will never happen. Too much power to be lost.

    October 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Jeff in FL

    Would love to see him go the way of Daschle. Bye Bye Mr. Reid!! One down two too go. Unfortunatly Pelosi won't be as easy to get rid of and we have to wait till 2012 till we can get some REAL change. 1-20-2013... END OF AN ERROR

    October 19, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. D.

    Is it "Harry Reid" or is it "Hurry (the health care bill before anyone reads it) Reid"? The Senate has become so corrupt and non-transparent these days!

    October 19, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. mike

    I AM so tired of the conservatives that run around saying the boogie man is going to get you and control you. do you honestly think that you have any power over insurance companies or big business at all by yourself
    if you think so I need to know what wacky weed you are smoking so I can stay away from it GET A LIFE

    October 19, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Mike Syracuse, NY

    You can always count on Democrats to eat their own.

    October 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Steve Lyons

    No one has made clear how a public option can possibly cut costs. All it does is increase the number of people demanding coverage / treatment / subsidies. That isn't a cost cutting measure. Why are the layers getting a free pass here when they too need to get clipped. Mandates don't cut cost, they INCREASE costs to individuals and small businesses making them less able to fund the consumer economy. Washington really is brain dead.

    October 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. JLS

    Harry Reid will be looking for a new job, before healthcare is even enacted! Pure justice, in my opinion.

    October 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Jim

    A little whimp. Being a "liberal" myself, I cannot understand how Harry Reid ever got elected to his first office. I think I would vote for Sean Hannnity before I would vote for this little weak knee jerk.

    October 19, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Mike in MN

    Liberal progressives are the most intolerant and hateful people there are. I don't support Reid and I hope he loses to a Republican. But here is a guy that supports the public option. But the liberal progressives are afraid he is not strong enough to, I guess, get the Blue Dogs to vote for a bill with a pubic option. So the liberal progressives spend money on ads attacking someone who supports their position. Republicans and conservatives thank you liberal progressives for your support in getting rid of Harry Reid. Since Obama also says the public option is not essential, can you please run some ads against him to. Thank you very much.

    October 19, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. farhorizons

    Harry Reid is a wimp. How he ever got elected is beyond me. He is the master wisy-washy wuss, even worse than Arlen Specter. The Dems have to replace him to have any hope at all.

    October 19, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Bubble of Sanity

    I think it is clear from this story that liberals (erroneously called "progressives" by the left-leaning media) - that liberals have no qualms about shooting their own wounded.

    Harry Reid may not even survive the democratic primary in his own state, and would not survive a general election. The liberal faction seems to know this and have decided to go ahead and distance themselves from him now.

    What hypocrisy.

    October 19, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. L.O'Reilly

    This is why everytime democrats win the people's vote, they end up not accomplishing anything and getting voted back out again. I understand the issues and I want a public health care option but I would not sabotage a candidate' s chances to win the election based on a single issue in a single initiative. Are they thinking that the republicans running against him will support the public option? I think not. Are the people of Nevada willing to live with the republican's policies if they torpedo his chances? They will have no one but themselves to blame.

    October 19, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. TK

    It's like Survivor. You become the leader and you get voted off. Bye Bye Harry..

    October 19, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Librarian

    REAL healthcare reform should include a strong public option. With democrats like Reid who needs Republicans ??

    October 19, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Fed UP

    People need to pull their head out of the sand and understand the Republicans have nothing to do with this lousy health care bill, this disaster is 100% Democrat driven. All of you on the freebie band wagon demanding your free health care are part of the 47% that pay NO income tax. You want everyone else to pay for your lazy butt. Go out and earn a living before you come crying to us to pay for you. What makes you think the government should be responsible for you?

    October 19, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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