July 12th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Republicans slam Reid for Canada fundraising trip

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(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is coming under attack from Republicans for a fundraising stop Sunday night in Canada.

Reid, who faces a tough re-election fight this year as he bids for a fifth term in the Senate, attended a fundraiser hosted by the "Committee for a Better Future," a trial lawyers association based in Washington, D.C. that's raising money on behalf of Democrats in this year's Senate battles.

"Could Harry Reid be anymore out of touch to think that leaving the United States to raise campaign cash is appropriate while Nevada tops the nation with 14 percent unemployment? What was Harry Reid thinking and, more importantly, where exactly are his priorities?" asked National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh, in a release put out Monday morning by the NRSC.

The campaign of Reid's Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, followed with their own statement a few hours later.

"Harry Reid says that 'no one can do more' for Nevada, so why does he have to leave the country to pad his war chest? It seems callous," says Angle campaign spokesman Jerry Stacy, in the statement.

Angle beat 12 other candidates in the June 8 GOP primary to capture her party's Senate nomination. Angle, a former Nevada state lawmaker, enjoys strong support from many in the Tea Party movement.

"Let's talk about who's really out-of-touch. Sharron Angle wants to kill Social Security, calls unemployed Nevadans 'spoiled', and says it's not her job to create jobs. And now she claims that executive orders like the Emancipation Proclamation and military desegregation are unconstitutional. That's not just out-of-touch, that's in outer space," responds the Reid campaign, in a statement to CNN. "Senator Reid will never back down from fighting to put Nevadans back to work and bring new business to our state, ending the Bush era blacklist on government travel to Las Vegas and passing the Travel Promotion Act, legislation that will create 6,000 Nevada jobs by marketing Nevada and the nation to the world."

According to a Democratic source, eight Democratic Senate candidates also attended the fundraiser, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. One of the eight, Rep. Charlie Melancon of Louisiana, became the target of an NRSC email release Monday afternoon.

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. vic of New Yotk

    So what's the beef?

    Better our Canadian friends than sticking his nose up the posterior cavity of Wall Street Tycoons – John Bohner style!!!

    July 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Moab

    He goes to Cananda for a trial lawyers association event. Since the trial lawyers and the unions are the biggest DNC supporters he needs to be there for goodness sake. Reid is as tone deaf as Obama.

    July 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. ja

    the socalled supreme court, just ruled in favor of corporations buying our legislators with contributions, maybe Reed to a note from their playbook

    July 12, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. JP

    "Committee for a Better Future," a trial lawyers association. For who trial lawyers. When the trial lawyers win you lose. If you look at Harry's long history with the trial laywers its very clear whose side he is on and its not yours.

    July 12, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. ib

    the pathetic one are Reid; Pelosi and Obama. They are destroying this country and libs are to blind to see it. Wake up while we still have a country of freedoms if you don't gov. will take total controll of your life. Oh I forgot that's what the libs want.

    July 12, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Shane Las Vegas

    Not a supporter of Angle but Reid has to go. I am a Democrat voting republican for the first time in my life. SHAME ON REID AND IT IS TIME TO DUMP REID BACK TO SEARCHLIGHT

    July 12, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I guess old dingy Harry is getting his money for making sure there was no tort reform in the Obozocare bill. Slimy, corrupt, union toady.

    July 12, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Edna

    I am not from Nevada, but I would at least want the person who is representing me in the Senate to have some sense. This Angle woman has not one bit of sense, nor does she have any regard for the people of the United States. It seems like Harry Reid is at least concerned about the people of this country and want what is best for them. I hope that the people of Nevada think long and hard before they vote for a woman who is short of a few brain cells.

    July 12, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. chelle

    Well as a left-wing, bleeding heart liberal Canadian, all I can say is please don't come here anymore!!!! And to those wondering if he can raise money from Canadians – NO! But there are lots of ex-pat Americans living here.

    July 12, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. CommonSense

    Seems like a page straight out of the Republicans play book.....which I would definitely rather Reid than Sharon Angle, who is as dumb as her cousin, Sarah Palin! This lady shouldn't be allowed to make at McDonalds......

    July 12, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. rowley

    Keep him in Canada.

    July 12, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. SC

    "NV unemployment rate 14%.....Is that appropriate?.....What was Reid thinking?" First of all, the economic meltdown did not happen under Reid. Remember Reid was not president. Bush was. I'm not blaming Bush but I'm simply highlighting the truth. Even if Reid were not spending that day fundraising, the unemployment would not go down from 14% to 2%. THESE REPUBLICANS ARE SICK. THESE REPUBLICANS ARE USING 14% FIGURE NOT BECAUSE THEY CARE ABOUT NV. THEY ARE SIMPLY USING THAT FIGURE TO BASH REID AND TO SCORE SOME POLITICAL POINT. Republicans said Obama was golfing instead and not tending to the Gulf Crisis. Even if he weren't golfing that day, there was nothing he can do to fix it. The oil is still gushing as I'm writing. Republicans forgot Bush was the one who started Iraq war and Obama was the one who is withdrawing troops from Iraq.

    July 12, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. JES

    Enjoy retirement since you have been retired for 24 years now.

    I think the public is feed up with the way you talk out of both sides of your mouth.


    July 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. The Real Me

    Who does he work for again?

    July 12, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. onlysanetexanleft

    The GO(B)P is complaining about funds raised in Canada when they defend and take so much money from BP's PAC? Priceless... Guess no one told them that BP stands for British Petroleum.

    July 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Oh please! Is this the best the rethugs can come up with?
    If their AK bimbo can go to Canada for healthcare for her brother (if it even happened) and she can see Russia from her porch and go to China (communist) and Canada to speak and make money what is the problem?
    BTW – President Obama stays in town when playing golf as opposed to the shrub who spent more time in TX than in DC.

    July 12, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Why do Republicans think that it's their God given right to interfere in, give their opinion of and attack everyone else in this country with their arrogant and know-it-all attitude? I for one, am sick to death of them and everything that they stand for! They need to mind their own business and get their own houses in order instead of going on their daily attacks of everything that isn't Republican! I can see the desperation creeping in on them as Sharon Angle doen't have a snowballs chance in he– of beating Reid!

    July 12, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. B. Bear

    Can we see Ms. Angle's birth certificate.

    July 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. D. Bunker

    For ya'll who are upset by this fundraiser, please join me in supporting restrictions on corporate and foreign donors. The Supreme Court screwed the US royally with its campaign funding decision, so now it's up to us to lobby for effective campaign rules. Care to join me or are you just going to rant mindlessly?

    July 12, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. JAE

    Reid is an old fart who needs to hang it up. He will be out in November along with MANY others. I can not wait!

    Harry, you suck the big one.

    July 12, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Californian living in Madrid, Spain

    About 6 million Americans live outside the US. We pay taxes, vote and give money to our favorite candidates. Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad are both reputable organizations that register voters and fundraise in accordance to FEC rules (especially that we DO NOT take donations from foreign nationals). Individual campaigns, especially recent presidential campaigns have all had overseas campaign organizations to reach out to Americans abroad. We don't get a lot of press but we exist and work within the law.

    July 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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