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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Him

    Huh... I like the way he responded to this Tea Party fiesta. For an old man, he's still got some humor in him.

    March 27, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Indy

    Palin telling jokes about teleprompters while she cannot get one full sentence out without looking at a speech some wrote for her. She thinks death threats and violence are bunk. Wonder what she would call it if someone threatened to kill her family. Would that still be bunk ? It is sick to hear her screeching that written speech in her hand while not offering one solution whatsover for the countries problems. Nothing but extremely hot air from this air head.

    March 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. God

    I hate it when Sarah Palin pimps me out so she can look good...(shaking head, sighing)

    March 27, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. FL

    The answer is clear. We can not clean up this mess Washington has created. It would take years of dedicated elected officials work to accomplish. No matter who they are, even after years of struggling and a overwhelming tax burden on the people we would be worse off. No nation can live forever , they become too complicated and the smallest tasks become too involved. The collapse of a nation is horrific but we know this will be the final outcome of ours. The States need to Separate from the Federal government before the collapse. Reorganize with states that share their values. It is the only way we can truly live on free. Let Washington govern itself. Better to be part of a re-bith of a nation than the collapse of one.

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. GeeMac

    Glad to know the Tea Baggers are providing some revenue for Nevada!
    Stand up Harry against these anti-government idiots. I bet most of them depend on the government for benefits such as social security, unemployment and Medicare/Medicaid! If you don't like this country Tea Baggers leave it!!

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Michele

    Sounds like a good idea Reid. And thanks for telling them that you relalize they are from out of state! These people need to get a life.

    March 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. karen

    No but its okay to parachute the President in for a day costing millions of dollars? don't think so. We pay our way !!!

    March 27, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. RudyV

    might move to Nevada....just so i can vote for him! He is a great Patriot who cares and fights for all people!

    March 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Gil

    The Tea Party is nothing more than gutter politics, racism and mob rule!

    March 27, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Moderate

    No credibility in the tea party. They just hate. They don't even know why

    On another note, I think it's time to start running the ads showing the raceist signs, spitting on people and hate speech from the tea partiers and Sarah Palins' endorsment and make the case she is a raceist hater just like them. Lets see if she can still make 1.5 million per show for TLC or if they drop her like a hot potato??????

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Rob

    Senator Reid and fellow Democrats in Nevada:

    You can't use logic and reasoning to argue with a Tea Bagger.

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This is great – people from out of town come to his town and think that they will intimidate, but end up supporting....and this are the brainiacs that we want to elect in November, I think not!

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. MB

    a merry little roving band of kooks!

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. The Unsub

    My God Pailin is just torture to listen to. "Kong-gress is not listening to the American people!" Boy I feel for Todd.

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Jim

    It's that kind of pompose attitude that makes me want to vomit when I look at these politicians. You passed a bill the a majority of the people did not want, and still put your nose up in the air to us. You disgust me, and with all my heart I hope you as well as the other arogant politicians who think about themselves and not of what is best for the American people lose in the next election.

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Wes

    Sarah Palin, get her off the air but keep on recording her. She even hurts my dog’s ears. They could use her voice as an interrogation tool at Guantanamo.

    March 27, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. albo79

    What is it with these "tea partiers", anyway? Are we to believe that these people actually reflect the majority of Americans' opinions? NO, they don't! These chowderheads are nothing but wind up toys who couldn't assimulate information and form their own opinions to save their lives. Some conservative demagogue pushes a button and these pathetic pinheads hit the streets in force to annoy and disrupt with their inane slogans, signs and cliches and no idea of what they're talking about. Morons on a mission – nothing constructive or incisive, just ranting for the sake of ranting. Go home and watch Jerry Springer, you fools!

    March 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. mikael fata

    Hooray for harry, these tea baggers are a joke, do they even know why we called them tea baggers, i think most of them would love to be slapped in the face with a pair of testicles,lol. Seriously these people are no better than the brown shirts that worked for the nazi party.

    March 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Donald in CA

    Harry Reid is a great American and i wish him well in his reelection bid. I just hope the Democrats get some spine and start countering these right wing attacks and send sarah back to the alaskian wilds.

    March 27, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. The_Mick

    If it's like it is here in Maryland, the (Thomas( Jefferson – (Andrew) Jackson Dinner is a real kick-off for local politics and solidifies connections between the individual and small-ticket campaigns of Democrats. The Tea Partiers timed their disruption for the wrong side of it.

    March 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Lawrence Patraw

    They talk about " closing the Medicare donut hole," But they don't tell you how much it's going to cost Medicare Or how much money they will make when the IRS starts fineing people when they don't comply
    Or any of the other hidden crap that is in HIS BILL!!

    March 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. janjanjan

    This is terrific. Harry Reid, looking mild-mannered and ineffectual continues to amaze!

    March 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Roger Whipple

    These tea baggers must feel so proud. First mocking a person with Parkinson's disease. Now they are going to Ried's hometown where Reid's wife and child are recovering from a near fatal car wreck. You all must feel so proud. Thank God for blue states. At least there is still some sanity and compassion left in at least parts fo this country

    March 27, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Great job Senator Reid in getting Healtcare passed for ALL Americans. It's interesting to hear the Palins and McConnells and McCains of the world denounce this landmark legislation. It took true leadership to do this and YOU did it Senator Reid. You are a leader-not a follower and thanks to you and ALL Democrats who voted YES (instead of "Hell No We Can't) so many Americans will have Health Insurance. Republicans had so many years to do this-and they failed. The Party of No should just keep drinking up their tea parties-for that's about all they know how to do! Thanks Harry Reid for putting Americans first-after all, that's why politicians are elected-supposedly!

    March 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Bobby Frank-Dallas, TX

    Tea Partiers have a right to show-up and express their opinions. I just don't like it when they put stuff out there that is a complete lie. If they told the truth then they probably would not have so many followers. They keep re-hashing old lies, like Palin does, to keep the mobs angry. That is why they need to sit down and talk with the other side so that these lies can be seen. Who knows...maybe you have more in common than you think.

    March 27, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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