December 15th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Conservative 'Code Red Rally' hits the Hill


Conservatives rallied in Washington Tuesday to show their opposition to Democrats' plans for health care reform. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Activists opposed to the Democrats' health care reform plans rallied outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday.

The "Code Red Rally," was organized by a long list of conservative groups, including advocacy organizations Americans for Prosperity and Patients First. Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and talk show host Laura Ingraham were among the featured speakers.

The event was held as Senate Democrats try to reach agreement on a health care reform plan.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Health care
soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. unemployed by Obama

    it wont help, the Obama death panel of America traitors will soon be in place and all of us unemployed seniors will be paying. I will help anyone who runs against the liberal democrates especially those who run against Reid, Pelosi, Harkin, Dodd and Obama. Impeach Obama.

    December 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Steph

    What a joke! Nothing says "grass-roots effort" like talk show hosts and people dressed in oxford shirts and north face fleece with the Code Red logo embroidered on it.

    Today, I sent emails to my representatives telling them how much I appreciate their work towards meaningful health care reform.

    December 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. walleye

    Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and talk show host Laura Ingraham. Just theses names alone will tell you something about the party of NO.
    After Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans, on Sept 11, we went to war and spent hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring that this would not happen again. Yet every two months, that many people die because of our failure to provide universal insurance — and yet many members of the GOP want us to do nothing?

    December 15, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Helen Simon

    It's a sad day when the legislators we vote into office won't listen to our phone calls, emails and faxes we have been spending the last year we have to GO to tell them in their hot little ears...we don't WANT your stinkin bills. Not to worry...we'll be very careful to fire them and send those who WILL answer their phones, and vote how we WANT them to...very soon. Pack your desks, Congress. We're cleaning out DC, replacing you with honest and admirable Folks...soon, too, who will accurately represent us. Thank you, Patriots!

    December 15, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. kr

    These people are in denial and the only interest they have in life is themselves and their political careers. I am from OK and I know that that Senator has said not from day one to anything. The GOP has been a major thorn in this administration and have been out from day one to make it fail still not realizing they are making the American people fail. They all have good insurance and that is all that counts to them; take it away and watch the complaining. Sometimes I wonder how other countries look at this for the internet is wide.

    December 15, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    A large group of people exercising their right to free speach to say stupid things and lie a bunch. Lovely. Good for them.

    December 15, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Chris - MN

    CNN is misreporting the news when they simply refer to Americans for Prosperity and Patients First as "advocacy organizations". Either do the research or let willing people do the research. These organizations didn't spring naturally from the earth fully formed, they have financial backers with financial agendas.

    December 15, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    The list of speakers is enough to let most folks know this is a just a little idiot fest.

    December 15, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Mike in MN

    The conservative movement is the wave of the future, near future. Liberal progressives will spew hate and agnst at the movement, but they will have no impact. The US has always been center right and the out of control liberals like Obama, Pelosi and Reid are scaring it farther to the right. Unfettered liberal rule in Washington will be 2 years and done.

    December 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Sounds like a terrorist attack on the Hill. I would inform Homeland Security.

    December 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Frank, Las Vegas

    The gathering of the Real Right WingNUTS!!

    December 15, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. josephine

    Hundreds of thousand marchers showing their disapproval of this health care reform. When will the government listen to the people?

    December 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Will Jim Demint lead the rally with cheers of "Obama's Waterloo" or "Country First"?

    December 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    What is it with these people from S.C.? They hate everything. Your worst nightmare did come true, We elected a Afro-American President. Get over it. At least He is trying.

    December 15, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Steve Lyons

    I hope their, and my voices, are being heard by those good for nothing COMMUNISTS parading around as democrats in the Congress. We do NOT want years of up front taxes for nothing. We DO want caps on lawyers fees. We do want TORT REFORM. and we do NOT want a public option unless that is the existing plans that Congress enjoys today and Congress is forced to pay FULL price for that plan going forward.

    December 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Carnell From The Motor City!

    The Cult Of Personalities (The Neo-Conservatives) At It Again. It's The Tea (Baggers) Party, Now You Have The Code Red Movement. Than The Saying Must Be True That Roaches (Evil-Conservatives) Never Die, But Multiply!

    December 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. nathan smith ga

    these gop obstuctionist just wont quit. we need to vote these idiots out!

    December 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Michelle

    Ah yes, Americans for Prosperity, funded by the health industry, as is Patients First. By all means, let's not upset the stranglehold the insurance companies hold over all of us. Let us not upset the huge profit making ability of these companies by insisting that they cover everyone fairly, and not withhold treatments. Let's not upset Bachmann's Republican worldview: that the haves deserve it, and the have nots must not be working hard enough, so they can go off and die. Wonder how many people this drew: Fox's inflated millions (wonder which fall rally they show tonight in place of this one?Look for the leaves on the trees, folks) or the true hundreds number?

    December 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Moderate Democrat

    "Conservative 'Code Red Rally' hits the Hill"

    It becomes clearer each day how communist these little rejects are. They have even begun adopting communist RED in the naming scheme.

    Conservatives: Communist Enthusiasts.

    December 15, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    What a bunch of cheaters.....stole from Code Pink...but then Bachmann is nothing but a piece of absolute crap anyway. She only got elected because of the TV preacher who supported her with undisclosed money and told his members to vote for her. If the democrats would do what they were urged to do, investigate the fact that all these so called "tax free churches" were messing in politics and take that tax free status away they would stop this stuff of trying to tell people what to do. ILLEGALLY.

    December 15, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Bob in Pa

    I believe the call is for Congressional reform, not just stopping what is refered to as Health Care reform.

    December 15, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    The smartest one of the whole group has to be Michelle Bachmann.

    December 15, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Missy better be careful, my girl Michele is coming up fast on the outside.

    Then I will have to reverse my favorite con team for election.

    Bachmann/Palin 2012!

    December 15, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I wonder if Exteme media at Fox will cover this. I am sure there will be millions in attendance.

    December 15, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Kate in SW Fla

    Oh, and let me guess. According to Fox news, 100 million people were there.

    December 15, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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