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. Emma

    What a mess our country would be in if the Tea Party-goers would have their way. They have offered no brilliant solutions, based on reason and
    knowledge, of how to restore our disabled country. They must get turned on by doing dramatic public performances. The "Sarah Help!" sign is too much! It demonstrates how Sarah and her cohorts can make big scenes without really understanding complexities of the issues.

    December 15, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Otto

    See sign..."Sara Help" We are just as ignorant as you!

    December 15, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. John, Chicago

    What a bunch of losers.

    December 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. John, Chicago

    The one with the Sarah help sign is the biggest loser of all.

    December 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. GI Joe the plumber

    simply wasting there time n energy. They neva did when they've got the power, they still aint doing jack and they wont let ppl that wanna do sumthin abt it do it.

    December 15, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. TangledThorns

    Love the 'Sarah help' sign. The lefty loons in the Democratic party must be stopped!

    December 15, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. Just a Mom

    Gotta love how CNN words this. Just because someone speaks at a ralley doesn't mean that person ORGANIZED that ralley!

    Dare CNN to post this!

    December 15, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. nick

    Relentless GOPer hate mongering and fear tactics will not work in the long run. Sooner rather then later the people will see that the vested intrest and their party of darkness are only after their own welfare atr the expense and limb of everyone else.

    December 15, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. joe dokes

    Wow. I actually feel sorry for these deluded souls.

    December 15, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    DeMint said he would make this Obama's Waterloo, even before there was a plan. He is lucky to be reelected in South Carolina regardless of his stupidity.

    December 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Where was Darth Sidious?

    What is that? 300 protesters? Well, if 300 protesters (500 tops) want health care reform stopped, then the majority of Americans who support health care reform should by all means just roll over.

    I'm just surprised that Senator Palpatine wasn't there. Maybe he was busy plotting with his insurance industry "backers."

    December 15, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Michael

    Typical Republican do-nothing rally to spread fear and misinformation to the poor old folks that only know what FNews, Rush, Coultergeist, Beck, and the other fear-mongers preach to them.

    December 15, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Loquitor

    I know what it is like to be fully employed, making good money but unable to buy health insurance because I am a Type 1 diabetic and uninsurable according to the insurance industry. My employer did not provide group coverage as a benefit and I was unable to buy a private plan. Not that I couldn't afford a private plan, but that the insurance industry wouldn't sell me a plan.

    Thank God I found another job with benefits, but if my employer drops coverage or I have to change jobs I wont be able to pay for my medications.

    December 15, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    We should have impeached our war criminals from the last administration. A wingnut on welfare thinks we should impeach a president who is bringing us back from the brink of a great depression.

    What a sorry lot the wingnuts are.

    December 15, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. WIlly Brown

    Barry can't show one fact on how much money Obamacare will save but as usaul he's threats a good game.

    December 15, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. VernisRobertson

    These people that show up at these rallies need jobs , not thier voice.

    December 15, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. jerseylou

    These people are bent on destroying every body and every thing if they can't have it all. Why so much hate is mind boggling i guess if you are pure evil you can live off of poison.

    December 15, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I guess the bill must be good, neither the Left or the Right like the bill for practically the same reasons. The Left don't like the bill because there isn't a public option and it doesn't go far enough to change healthcare, and the Right don't like the bill because they feel that government should stay out of the business of regulating business.

    December 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Bye Bye GOP

    WOW!!! What a huge turnout for this cause! Are you kidding me? I saw more people at my kid's soccer game last week. What a joke.

    December 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Ivan

    Allrighty: the GOP is sinking deeper into the hole: angry old white males, blaming their failures in life on "the other". Problem is, with the country's changing demographics, the GOP is doomed for generations to come...tick, tock, Billy Bob!

    December 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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