July 25th, 2010
08:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid praises progressives at Netroots convention

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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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  1. ran

    As long as we do not have 60 true Democrats we will never get true change in this country. The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans have only one goal: to make this President or any Democratic President fail; in hopes they will regain power and once again implement the same old policies that got us into the messes in the first place. Trickle down economics has not and never will work because of GREED at the top. We need to eliminate all"blue dogs ( code for Republican) and most importantly strip Lieberman of all chairmanships forcing him to become what he truly is a Republican. Once we have 60 true Democrats the others can continue their useless ways because we will not need them.

    July 25, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. ib

    another reason why Reid needs to see the unemployment line in Nov.

    July 25, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. RTB

    Elect Real Democrats.

    It is a shame the republicans have infiltrated the Democratic Party.

    It has brought disgrace to the ideals the Democratic Party stands for.

    Throw out Lieberman, Nelson and the other scumbags who are dressed as Democrats but vote for big business.

    July 25, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Franklin

    Too late to start sucking up now reid. You should have thought about that months ago. Your going down.

    July 25, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. goofus

    Progressives ? The label is socialist liberals!!

    July 25, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Keith in Austin

    The true colors vividly showing on Reid! Nevadans need to vote this slimeball weasil into obscurity before it's too late.

    Progressivism is a new title for what has been lurking in the shaddows w/in our Nation since the 30's...... Communism! Please open your eyes America before WE are the USSR (United States Socialist Republic)

    July 25, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |