July 25th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Franken implores activists at Netroots convention to fight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/25/art.frankencu0725.gi.jpg caption="'I know progressives are frustrated...because it feels at times not everyone in our party is pushing at the same pace,' Democratic Sen. Franken said Saturday night at the annual Netroots Nation convention."]
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Using some of his trademark humor and dire predictions, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken implored thousands of his fellow progressive activists Saturday to redouble their efforts to prevent the Democrats from losing control of Congress.

He jokingly called the Netroots Nation convention of bloggers, leaders and others "the most exciting political gathering of the year without guns."

On a serious note, he said, he shared many of the frustrations of those in the audience about a lack of progress on some of their key priorities.

"You really haven't gotten your moneys' worth," he said, specifically mentioning such ideas as a public option government-run health care plan or education reform or public financing of elections.

"I know progressives are frustrated...because it feels at times not everyone in our party is pushing at the same pace," he said.

He told them, however, that several of the bills that have been passed in this Congress - such as the health care overhaul or Wall Street reform - have helped the nation and were stronger because of their efforts.

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Filed under: Al Franken • Netroots Nation
July 25th, 2010
08:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Reid praises progressives at Netroots convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/25/art.reidnn0725.gi.jpg caption=" 'I know that there are times I am told that I get on your nerves,' Senate Majority Leader Reid said to some laughter in a gathering of progressive activists. 'And I am here to tell you ... you get on my nerves sometimes.'"]
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Acknowledging that he and they don't always see eye to eye, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Saturday praised the influence of progressive activists gathered at the annual Netroots Nation convention.

Speaking to a large ballroom filled with bloggers and others in the movement, Reid said they help represent the voice of "real Americans."

"I admire how you pursue the truth as relentlessly as you reveal hypocrisy," he said. "You shine much-needed light on fear tactics and misinformation. I am calling you to keep calling them out."

But Reid, who has not always pushed agenda items as liberal as progressives would like on such issues as health care reform, acknowledged their past differences.

"I know that there are times I am told that I get on your nerves," Reid said to some laughter in the room. "And I am here to tell you ... you get on my nerves sometimes."

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Filed under: Harry Reid • Netroots Nation
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