November 20th, 2009
09:16 AM ET
13 years ago

Attack ad star defends Reid on public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Progressive Change Campaign Committee will begin making robocalls encouraging Reid to stand strong."]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– The day before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opens the debate on health care reform, a group of liberal activists who once attacked the Nevada Democrat announced they will begin making robocalls encouraging Reid to stand strong in the fight for health care reform and the public option.

In the calls, longtime Nevada nurse Lee Slaugher - the star of an attack ad released late last month which questioned Reid's political strength, tells residents in her state to stand behind their Senator.

"I'm very thankful that Senator Harry Reid has included a public health insurance option in his health care bill. He shocked the political world by being so bold on this issue." Slaughter says in the calls released by The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal political action committee with the express goal of electing progressive candidates to federal office.

"If you want to join me in thanking Senator Reid, and letting him know that we'll stand with him as long as he keeps fighting for a public option, please press one on your keypad," Slaughter concludes.

The group says the calls are expected to reach 10,000 Nevada voters beginning Saturday, as Democrats and Republicans take to the Senate floor to vote on beginning debate on health care legislation introduced by Democrats.

The 2,074-page Senate bill seeks to reduce long-term costs of health care for the government, businesses and individuals while reforming how services are delivered to increase efficiency and effectiveness. It includes controversial provisions such as a government-run public health insurance option.

Republicans have vowed to try to block the bill, requiring Reid to round up 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to overcome a GOP filibuster and launch debate.

Filed under: Harry Reid
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. JA/TN

    where is the patriotism, let's agree to help the needy

    November 20, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Bubble of Sanity

    Of course he needs robots to defend him. No living human with a conscience could do it. His days are numbered.

    November 20, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Robert Pilgreen

    As one of Senator Reid's Nevada constituents, I am proud to say, the honorable Senate Majority Leader is selflessly representing both Nevadans' and all citizens', of the United States of America, best interest by including the public health insurance option in health care reform Senate bill. His unwavering commitment to resolve this issue fully favorable to, among others, the taxpayers, and the working uninsured is commendable.

    This is for you Senator Reid: "The leadership and concern for the well being of citizens' of the United States of America, has long been missing from government. Stand strong and set an example for your Senate peers, sending the message party politics must stop dividing our country.

    November 20, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. Lotta Muni

    I wonder how much they paid her. IMHO this gives nurse Slaughter "zero" credibility, which is a little more than I'd give Reid.

    November 20, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. dale

    Great- I hope he fails his 2010 re-election. These liberals need to learn "not" to go against the (majority) and that's exactly what they have been doing.
    The lazy, needy people are the ones calling in and taking time out for polls-but only election day will tell you the truth. They say most people want it, what a lie. Most needy, lazy people want it. However we will all be voting next year bacause it' very obvious now what happens wheb we don't

    November 20, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. New Yorker

    Slaughter? Slaughter who? I guess if she's pro-choice that answers the question.

    November 20, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Good job standing up for the American People Sen. Reid.

    November 20, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. jaye

    It's the Blue Dog democrats that need robocalled.... they're scared of republicans. is the main stream media. LOL

    November 20, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It good to hear from a medical professional. That is the sad thing that I wish had been in the bill passed by the House - some way to increace the number of nurse, doctors and other medical professionals. Without more of them, it doesn't matter how well we have our insurance and reforms done, there will be no one to provide the service.

    November 20, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. John

    Reid and the rest of the dems are digging their own grave with the public option.....
    you couldn't pick a worse time in our history as a nation to add trillions of dollars of debt to our grandchildren....

    wake up people.... the public option is a J-O-K-E..... it will not work and you all know it....

    it will bankrupt this country.... we need tort reform and we need to reform the way insurance companies handle premiums and coverage... a government-run healthcare system will be a disaster.

    this is NOT the answer and will be the death of the democrats come re-election.....

    November 20, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. PJ

    Sure Harry can get 60 votes to stop a GOP filibuster. He just puts $100,000,000 dolllar carrots in the bill to wave in front of the Blue Dogs. Looks like Mary Landrieu is already feasting on her $100,000,000 carrot by the looks of her web page. Where does the money for these carrots whose only purpose is to buy votes from the Blue Dogs come from? From the taxpayers hides or from borrowing more money from China; the U.S. Government obviously does not have the money. If this bill is so good, why does Reid have to resort to bribery to win over people in his own party?

    November 20, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Silence Dogoode

    Now that is just lazy. Robo calls are annoying and may backfire which would be a good thing as people should pay for their own health care. if they really wanted to make an impression they should have real people calling.

    November 20, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Mark L.

    Bottom Line – If You TRULY LOVE YOUR COUNTRY – THE GREAT U.S.A. – Vote 'YES' For Healthcare Reform Legislation, to include a NECESSARY Public Option to COMPETE with the GREEDY Healthcare Insurance Industry CEO's and Wall Street 'FAT CATS' who continue lining their pockets with the tons of money, We the People shell out every day paying these UNACCEPTABLE Insurance Premiums !! If, However, You Prefer to Side with the nazi-loving FACIST GOP Republicans – Vote 'YES' to 'Die Quickly' !!

    November 20, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. victim of republican greed

    While the sorry republican wingnuts call health reform, "Obamacare," their own willingness to turn their back on 45 million uninsured, and 45,000 who die each year without health care, make their program,"Massacare."

    November 20, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Grahame

    What amazes me is the stupid concept of some people that the bill will remain in it's original form. Every bill ever written, including the 'Bill of Rights' is subject to change. One of these day the GOP will get back into power and then don't you think they will try to alter the parts of it they don't agree with.
    The real point is. Get it passed.........

    November 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Steve from Tucson

    Thank you Democrats and President Obama!
    **** you Republicans!

    November 20, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Mark

    How is America going to pay for this when we are already in debt to the point the dollar might fall??

    November 20, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. A.B.

    "Republicans have vowed to try to block the bill" and they haven't even read it yet, boy must be nice to have that kind of option in your workplace. If I told my boss that I didn't agree with something before even hearing the details, I would be out of a job so fast I think my head would spin. I urge others to think about that if we were to blindly block something before reading it, book burnings would be all the rage...

    November 20, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. EL

    keep fighting for the health care reform, the Insurance companys have had their day.

    November 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. chubby

    Reid and alot of other democrats will be gone in 2010 and 2012. You cannot continue to blame the past administration for what they are doing since nobama took office. Nobama has at least doubled the debt and deficit and he wants to quadruple it. Time to send these tax and spend democrats home including any Republicans dumb enough to vote for government health care.

    November 20, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. tells residents in her state to stand behind their Senator

    the democrats answer to 'joe the plumber'

    quick, book her on the talk shows

    November 20, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Bob in Pa

    I've got a new ad of my own – on 2×4 poster board, it reads:

    Obama, Pelosi, Reid...

    Screw Freedom,
    Welcome to the Ant Colony !

    November 20, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Right Leaning Independent

    I wonder if you can press 2 if you are against the plan?? Most likely not. The Robocall probably presses 1 for you whether you want them too or not...

    November 20, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |