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March 26th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Sen. Harry Reid's fight for his political life

(CNN) – This fall's midterm elections are still over six months away, but some lawmakers in Congress are already on the ropes.

One of them is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Our Jessica Yellin went one-on-one with the Nevada Democrat and asked him about the ballot box showdown he's facing back home.

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  1. jmz

    Gerard – it is NOT the American govts job to provide its citizens with healthcare, jobs housing, retirement. when it is the govt job it is called COMMUNISM. as for your socialist security..have you not heard..? its is by close to a TRILLION dollars. but thats ok.,,.well just tax people some more. but gee i wonder what i could have done with all that money taken out of my paycheck to pay for taxes on this crap.,.,,.hmmm mabye pay for it its just going out the door to a broken system bleeding to death. think about it. every time you get money from the govt it has to come from somewhere. it has to come from someone who worked for that money and had it ripped from them. tea party members are not oppsed to govt, we are not opposed to SOME taxes. however when we are taxed more and more for hemmroging social programs, when we are more and more under govt control, when our lives and our property are not ours but the govt yo better understand and read the bill. you think it is cuz we are mean racists who hate poor people. dude you better undersrtand we are trying to help you all. once you realize whatyou did.,.,.,you will be sorry and beging for it!. why do you think so many were against it? why do you think that now it has passed obama and the rest polls have still dropped?

    March 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  2. William Hurley

    @ jmz when you get to the eighth grade you'll learn all about 'socialism' and what it really means. then you can look back on this year and realize nothing that this government is doing represents socialism in the least. Socialized medicine requires that the government controls the hospitals, the doctors, the nurses...even the folks who clean the sheets. Socialism requires that the government control the production and distribution of the entire health care system. Now where in the Health Care Bill do you see the government controlling the payment of doctors or owning and running hospitals? You don't. So finish up the 7th grade and enjoy the summer. Next year you can write all about it. And stop listening to Glenn Beck...he's a moron who has no clue what he's talking about.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  3. William Hurley

    I used to like American Morning. You have become the junior mouthpiece for the Glenn Beck set. Why not have a chat with some of us...the 51% of the country that the government IS LISTENING TO! The Government is doing just what I voted for. they are taking on health Insurance overhaul, education, financial reform and maybe even immigration. My Government IS listening. They might not be listening to the Tea Party and that's why we have elections. They LOST. Have a backbone and challenge some of this rediculous rhetoric you report as a ground swell. You had a woman on this morning who said progressive is a code word for Marxism! (wonder which hour she heard that on FOX?) Excuse me? And you call yourselves "journalists"? I'm a progressive, I am quite familiar with Socialism, Marxism, Communism and Fascism and I aspire to achieve none of them. This whole thing is about race and it would do you well to challenge the right on that issue! The Government wasn't listening to ME when they passed a 1.3 TRILLION dollar tax break for the wealthy with reconciliation in the middle of the night and never paid for it! The Government wasn't listening to MW when they started TWO wars in West Asia without reason and NEVER paid for them. the Government IS listening to me now and if it raises my taxes so what? At least my taxes will be going to something useful this time around. Enough about Sarah palin...she has her platform on FOX.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  4. jmz

    hi caorline-it is. it seems like all one needs to be a popular person in america now is a disdaid for freedom, a desire for power and big govt control and a hatred of the american people sprinkled with a feeling that you are better than everyone. people like joshua and john love to rip bush...he was not good too. buyt they do not understand that all thoes things that bush did obamais doing and worse. they forget that when when they give govt power over their lives that power IS used to do what they want you to not what you want. they love people like moore and penn who rip the same country and system that made them millionares. they love che, chavez and mao men who were just as ruthless and as much killers as hitler. they have little knowledge of history, human nature, life and feel they are owed something. this is why they are mainly acedimics who never practiced in the real world. politicians who want power. and students and kids people who are self entitled, and have been supported and never taken care of themselves. they dont realize the same nonsense that destroyed the housing market is the same feel good crap obama spouts to get his hc crap passed. and that everything we say will happen is happening.. these people like joshua are so scared of life and personal responsibility, that any attempt to change their mind terrifies them.. thats why they have to rewrite histroy and call names. according to josh and his 'ilk' if hitler killed 5,999,900 jews, and the wikipedia definition of holocoust was killing 6,000,000. then it would not have been a holocoust, just a man made really bad day

    March 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  5. jmz

    SHARONL L- GEEZ WOMAN CMON the size of the govt is not directly proportional to the number of people.. the term big govt refers to the amt of contol the govt has over its people and private lives. take a look over other socialist countried..and see if they did half as well as us. or a fraction of the good we have. honestly all you people who want socialism and think its so great should try living in a socialist or communist country for a bit. before you destroy the greatest country in history. as all thoes people fleeing thoes wonderful commie countried to come o this stinking capitalist pig country why they are so them astroturf. this is not sherewood forrest..socialism is NOT robin hood and neither are you..socialism is prince john, the govt is the dherrif and you are the serfs. capitalism and our constitutional republic is robin.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  6. Caroline

    jmz...I agree.

    Harry Reid just needs to go away. I believe that he has serious emotional instability. Perhaps that is the new criteria for political success??

    March 29, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  7. John

    The Republicans or far right has a convenient memory! They are and have been the party of Rich, White, Evangelical Christians who have consistently screwed over Middle Class America for the benefit of their cronies. Bush's 8 years saw illegal activities, hyper-partisan politics and massive debt. The rhetoric from the GOP makes the ignorant think they are angry because America is on the decline, however the American WASP is thriving while the masses are the forgotten.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  8. Joshua Wertheim

    To jmz, Melon and everyone of your ilk: first, I question whether you understand what the term 'socialist state' even means. According to Wikipedia, "Socialism refers to the various theories of economic organization which advocate either public or direct worker ownership and administration of the means of production and allocation of resources". You should be embarrased by your ignorance and should stop pretending you know what you are talking about. Second, if the American people decide that the Democrats' attempt to save lives by opening up health care to millions of more people, and vote them out of office, then we will get what we deserve: more of the same horrible policies that the Bush / Cheney regime foisted upon us, which let big banks and insurance companies run amok bringing us to the brink of depression, made us hated by the entire world, made us fight a war in Iraq based upon a lie, destroyed the environment, encouraged corruption in the White House, etc. etc. etc. So Mr. or Ms. Melon and Mr. or Ms. JMZ, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it! You reap what you sow. Idiots.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  9. Melon

    Harry Reid will go bye bye along with most of those that are attempting to turn the US into a socialist state. As well they should.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  10. Joshua Wertheim

    Message to Sarah Palin – hey, if you don't like big government and big government spending, why not call for cuttng the Department of Defense budget? Or better, close it completely and let the U.N. secure our country. While you're at it, why not close the CIA, the FBI, the DHS, and all those really expensive programs that cost so much? This is why I can't stand Saray Palin and her cronies – she's a hypocrite. She doesn't want to spend money to take care of American citizens but she never complains about spending money on guns and death.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:13 am |
  11. jmz

    Really? According to Obama, Reid, and Pelosi They are the greatest thing in the world. I thought they were doing the will of the people and being noble. According to them, by shoving the largest tax increase in history down the american peoples throat, as well as , their socialist agenda up our butts and getting rid of that evil constitution is what we want. according to reid and them,.,.they are like MLK fighting for the poor and downtrosdden by making them dependant on the govt. and us evil conservitives are racist because we feel that people should live and pay their own way. so why are all their polls dropping like flies if their so good? oh thats right, its because they have no base in reality and are completly delusional.,.,.,well bye bye hary.,,.toodles pelosi.,.,you are gone in nov,..,.obamayour done in 2012. soon all that hard work you did destroying america and converting it to a european style socialist country WILL be reversed.,,.,.if not we simply will not obey your socialist laws.,.,the will of the people will be heeded whether you like it or not. your legacy as the worst politicians in history is sealed,.,.have a nice day!

    March 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Sharon L.

    There are around 535 members of congress that make up the legislative branch.What kind of public servants would they be if we chose another way of filling congress? Why don't we the people take their resumes from each state or district, narrow it down to the best qualified to do the job as people each and every day have to do to find work, then hire or fire them if need be. Too much waste and greed from political parties trying to obtain majority rule. Ween our congress from political parties, the corrupt dealings of big business and wall street hounding our congress with lobbyists, stop the enormous waste of campaigning. We the people could probably save enough money to have decent healthcare with public options and so much more. Don't like to hear people talk about the government being too big ... we are over 300 million people in our country, that's a pretty big AMERICAN FAMILY. The problem is waste and what funds are appropriated to. Enriching people's lives by helping them have better lives can only make our nation stronger.

    March 26, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  13. Sharon L.

    Our constitution gives people the right to live their own life without being discriminated against...we should start living up to it. There is a separation from church and state and no one religious or political belief can stand in the way of that, and no branch of government can decide how or what a person should be, that is the INDIVIDUAL'S right to live their own life, their own way.For God's sake the kkk and white nazi supremist have the right to march through the streets of America with hatred in their hearts and minds. We the people should not discriminate against people willing to put their lives on the line for their country.

    March 26, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  14. Thomas

    He is not in my state so his people will decide his fate. I would like to believe he would try to get senate Demo's to be more centralist. The urge to position themselves on the left, or far left, is going to cost seats in NOV and not sure that is a viable position for the good of the country. It may be ok in Calif. or NY, but the rest of us are not really that liberal. Why do they have to be so far left to be a good Democrat?

    March 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |