April 6th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Reid takes dig at Palin in reelection launch

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/06/art.reid.cnn.jpg caption="Reid took a dig at Sarah Palin as he launched his difficult reelection bid."](CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may not be known for his sense of humor, but the Nevada Democrat put supporters in hysterics Monday as he launched what will likely be his most difficult reelection campaign to date with a dig at Sarah Palin.

"I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were over here a week ago Saturday," Reid told supporters in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. "But I couldn't write it all on my hand."

Reid then added "You betcha!" to more laughter.

The comments were a clear reference to Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, who was seen reading notes from her hand to much derision from critics during a speech earlier this year.

Palin kicked off a Tea Party rally late last month in Searchlight, where she encouraged disgruntled voters to "take back our country" and attacked what she called the "Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree."

"There's no better place to kick off the Tea Party Express than Harry Reid's hometown," the former Alaska governor said at the rally, dubbed "Showdown in Searchlight," aimed at conjuring up support for the Senate Majority Leader's defeat in November elections.

Former Nevada state Republican Chairwoman Sue Lowden, basketball great Danny Tarkanian, and Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle are all competing for the Republican nomination to take on Reid.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll suggests both Lowden and Tarkanian would beat Reid by double digits. The same poll showed Angle would beat Reid by 2 points.

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. lara

    Why do republicans continue to insist on pretending that they're the 'silent majority?' The majority spoke, and they elected Barack Obama, a democratic congress, and a democratic senate.
    The arrogance of republicans is breathtaking, it's like they think they're the only americans who matter.
    Wake up! You're not the majority, and you're not the only real americans either!

    April 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    B-inAK – you obviously don't follow the news. Those imbeciles in Texas just did the following:
    "Widely regarded as one of the most important of all the founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson received a demotion of sorts Friday thanks to the Texas Board of Education."
    The board voted to enact new teaching standards for history and social studies that will alter which material gets included in school textbooks. It decided to drop Jefferson from a world history section devoted to great political thinkers.
    Hasn't that bimbo done enough harm to your state? You are delusional if you think she has anything to offer except some relief for a state where there are more men than women.

    April 6, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. ross berg- Buffalo NY

    Sarah Palin...the gift that keeps on giving.

    With the new Rasmussen Poll showing that 67% of independent voters consider her "totally unqualified" to hold national office the Dems better keep praying that she stays in the spotlight!!!

    Sarah Palin the gift that keeps on giving!!!

    April 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. gwen from Ohio

    I'm so tried of the right wing nuts referring to Obama as a socialist or stalin or Hitler – read your history, get a dictionary – you are really showing your ignorance – if you don't like a certain policy or bill state why don't just call him names that aren't true – oh wait that means you'd have to do your own reading and thinking rather than listening to Palin/Beck/Rush – I guess thats too hard for right wingers!! Go Harry Reid!!!!

    April 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Kathleen

    VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!! FOR SURE!! Do ya think they would end the two freakin' wars? You Betcha!

    April 6, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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