GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'
July 29th, 2014
02:46 PM ET
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GOP Rallies at Capitol to 'Fire Reid'

Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Tuesday joined half dozen House Republican lawmakers at a rally outside the Senate steps to call on the American people to "fire" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) by winning control of the Senate in 2014.

Speaking to a crowd of around 100 GOP staffers and supporters (and a handful of curious tourists), Priebus said, "For too long now, Sen. Reid has run the Senate with an iron fist, blocking legislation that would help working families."

The crowd waived glossy "Stop Obama, Fire Reid" signs and handmade ones listing the bill numbers of House-passed legislation that Republicans say is being held up in the Upper Chamber by the Nevada Democrat and Senate leader.

Following Priebus, a succession of Republican lawmakers echoed the refrain 'Fire Reid' detailing their individuals bills stuck in the Senate after passing the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, including efforts to expedite the Keystone Pipeline, reform the tax code, and scale back regulations on coal and ply ash.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who helped coordinate the rally, said "Poor Harry's not doing his job…The American people are going to see to it he's fired come November."

Others in attendance included Bill Johnson (R-OH), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Doug Collins (R-GA), David McKinley (R-WV), and Steve Daines (R-MT), who is running for Senate against Democratic incumbent John Walsh.

Democratic National Committee press secretary Michael Czin noted what wasn't said at the rally, "We didn't hear the host of issues the American people want action on…including immigration reform, equal pay for women, and raising the minimum wage."

Democrats have controlled the Senate since 2007. They currently have a 55-45 majority in the chamber (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party). But in the midterms, the party is defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs, with half of those Democratic-held seats in red or purple states

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    If the Democratic Party was a true dictatorship, RWNJs would be in jail just for being stupid.

    July 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    run for sharon angle, ruuunnnn.....

    July 29, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It's called an election you idiots. Reid was duly elected and you will be duly thrown out of office in November, Thank God!

    July 29, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim
    If the Democratic Party was a true dictatorship, RWNJs would be in jail just for being stupid.
    For homework, I would like all the fools out there calling the Obama administration a dictatorship to go to, say, North Korea. Stand out in front of the offices of the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un and call for his impeachment. If they ever return, they can write a report on what it is like to be in a REAL dictatorship.

    July 29, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Mr. Balls

    Does anyone seriously want McConnell as majority leader?

    July 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC


    The real party of no is Harry Reid, look up how many bills he hasn't brought up for a vote
    Why do you always blame Reid?
    Hasn't it ever occurred to some of you that Democrats can filibuster bills, too?

    July 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Cover My Eyes.

    Republicans act like juveniles and sure are great role models for first graders.

    July 29, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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