March 27th, 2010
06:48 PM ET
10 years ago

Reid touts NRA tie, reaches out to activists as Tea Partiers rally

The hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the site of a Tea Party rally Saturday.

The hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is the site of a Tea Party rally Saturday.

Searchlight, Nevada (CNN) - As thousands of Tea Party activists rally in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is burnishing his Second Amendment credentials.

Reid’s re-election campaign describes National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre as "one of the senator’s supporters." The two are at a $60 million Clark County shooting park which, according to the Reid campaign, wouldn't have opened without the senator’s help.

In a statement to CNN regarding Saturday’s Tea Party rally in his hometown, the Senate’s top Democrat said: "I'm happy so many people came to see my hometown of Searchlight and spend their out-of-state money especially in these tough economic times. Ultimately though this election will be decided by Nevadans, not people from other states who parachute in for one day to have a tea party."

Related: Tea Party protest goes to Reid's hometown

Reid’s camp is trying to welcome the Tea Partiers. The Nevada State Democratic Party and the Reid campaign have set up a hospitality tent not far from the Tea Party rally site. "We are serving Tea and donut holes in recognition that Senator Reid just passed health care reform and we're closing the Medicare donut hole," says Zac Petkanas, deputy communications director of the Reid campaign. He adds it’s staffed, "with real Nevadans from Nevada and folks from Searchlight who support Reid."

The Nevada Democrats hold their big Jefferson Jackson dinner Saturday night where former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker.


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Popular Posts • Tea Party movement
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thank God Harry Reid and fellow Democrats know what civility is and means despite those who wish to do him harm, but then again that's what real men do.

    March 27, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. colorado

    these people are a waste of breathe.

    March 27, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. valwayne

    As Reid's allied spend the week trying to paint the Tea Party activist and anybody who opposed the massive, corrupt , Obamacare bill as racists, Reid is trying to talk them into voting for him. lol If anybody who didn't think they the massive corrupt takeover of healthcare was an especially good idea helps or votes for Senator Reid they are to stupid to be alive!

    March 27, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Mark Baker

    Now thats a good strategy, Mr. Reid.

    Maybe attempting to educate them wingnuts a little will go a long way!

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. nathan

    Whiners. Get a job like the rest of us.

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Hey Tea Party, where were when Bush was in office? Your ten years to late !!!! Hmmmmmmmm ?

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. ChiTownAdvocate

    Go, Harry! Kill 'em with kindness! You're showing dignity and class! I hope the people of Nevada take notice.

    March 27, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. philthetruth

    AMERICANS: your country is calling...

    March 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. Lucy

    Democrats should also create their own Tea Party for False Propaganda, like the Republican Tea Party Stooges.

    March 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. anna

    What has Republican ever accomplished? Oh I see one and that is , " Bankrupt America and bring depression".
    Republican have only worked for RICH. They have created recession or depression. Read the history of the following Losers and craps:

    1. Depression by Hoover
    2. Disgrace by Nixon.
    3. Killing, lier and another Depression by BUSH the crap !!

    Republican do not want any reform because their buddies Goldman Suck, Citi and other gangsters are going to be hurt.
    They just want one thing, and that is "WAR".
    They have $ Trillions available for WAR, they want OIL. They want " BLOOD for OIL".
    Republican will give you a job and health care but in Afghanistan. Are you ready for BLOOD, WAR and killing.
    Republican reality I have seen for long.
    Wake up America.

    March 27, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Daniel

    I wonder how many federal taxpayer dollars went into opening up the $60 million Clark County shooting park? Does anyone know?

    March 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Liberal wingnut

    Reid shouldn't have to worry since the media declared Obamacare such a success.

    March 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Ahhh, the power of "faction" James Madison touted our Federal System as a way to balance the aspirations of one faction with those of others this has made for some interesting combinations over the years.

    I am a hunter who supports the Second Amendment, but I cannot join the NRA until or unless they cha nge their stance on assault rifles, yet for a host of reasons both Mr Lapierre and I come doown of the side of Harry Reid.

    Un-like some (Catholic Bishops for example) I find it perfecty normal to support a Senator who doesn't see things exactly as I do.

    Rather than see it as ironic that the NRA would suuport Reid I see it as a sign of our party's diversity.

    March 27, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Clark Griswold

    Reid’s camp is trying to welcome the Tea Partiers. The Nevada State Democratic Party and the Reid campaign have set up a hospitality tent not far from the Tea Party rally site. "We are serving Tea and donut holes in recognition that Senator Reid just passed health care reform and we're closing the Medicare donut hole,"

    HA HA!!!! That is classic. The teabaggers must just be fuming!

    March 27, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. cspurgeon

    Good for you Harry. These tea party people and their spokesperson the now rich wacko from wasilla does not speak for most americans.
    So keep on giving her your money and see where it gets you all. I am a 67 year old independent with SS and Medicare and I supported health care for all. I have paid more taxes than many and don't resent seeing my country in a better place and you angry folks in desert arent in a better place. Maybe you don't have enough to do but follow her around making her rich...a quitter and a cheater.

    March 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Bob

    Perfect reaction, Senator Reid. Well done!

    March 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Sam

    Where do these guys get the money for gas, food and living? I think GOP pays them.

    I want to get hired by the GOP too. I am a very experience picketer and I can yell, shout will all my lungs out.

    March 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. GJ

    Go get'em Harry! He's absolutely right, these people are only helping the State of Nevada by bringing in more money from outside the state. Thank you Tea Party for giving us your money! 😛

    March 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Ken in NC

    These Tea Party and Republicans that are calling people like
    Senator Reid, President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and others Marxist, Socialist and "Commies" need to load their RV's in containers and go to China or North Korea or right down the road to Cuba and try to protest like they do it here. I think that if they are ever released from prison, they would come home with a new found understanding of what those things are. They should have a new found understanding for the freedoms they have now to spew their vile hate.

    March 27, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Clark Griswold

    "I'm happy so many people came to see my hometown of Searchlight and spend their out-of-state money especially in these tough economic times. Ultimately though this election will be decided by Nevadans, not people from other states who parachute in for one day to have a tea party."

    A perfect statement illustrating just how irrelevant the Teabaggers really are. Well said Mr. Reid.

    March 27, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. moosehead

    The Tea Party circus has come to town,... send in the clowns,.. enter Sarah Palin,.. get the picture? These Tea baggers are nothing but a travelling vaudevillian troupe of hired mercenaries,... Grass roots my butt. They're a toxic mix, of anarchists, KKK, neo -nazis, malcontents, social freeloaders, Fox disciples,... anybody that gives them the time of day, needs professional help.

    March 27, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Jacks

    Tea Party Nuts, don't you have anything better to do? Maybe you should be thanking him for providing you affordable healthcare coverage, or are you to ignorant to realize the benefits of such a policy?

    March 27, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Dawn

    lol, he may be getting old and batty, but more and more, I like this old fart!

    March 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. rita

    That is the wat to go Harry. Hang in there

    March 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. jen

    The Tea Party represents a very very small minority and CNN insists on covering dumb Palin. Health Care for all.

    March 27, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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