Republicans Angry Over Reid’s Slavery Comparison

Published December 8, 2009

The current debate over health care is nothing like an earlier congressional fight over the wrongs of slavery, angry Republican lawmakers insisted Monday in denouncing the Senate leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Republican senators are outraged over Reid’s assertion that they are about to be on the wrong side of history rather than doing the right thing and working to pass health care legislation. So far, not a single Republican has endorsed a proposal designed to ensure that 36 million uninsured Americans have health care.

 "Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans can come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let's start over," Reid said Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

 "If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said slow down, it's too early, let's wait, things aren't bad enough."

 Following the remarks, the National Republican Senatorial Committee purchased an ad on the Drudge Report Web site asking users, “Do you agree with Reid?” Those who disagree are told to sign an online petition and "stand up to Harry Reid and his insulting remarks."

 

Written by BET.com Staff

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