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Sen. Reid Defends Obama Record, Criticizes Tea Party, Romney, In Convention Remarks
Nevada News Bureau ^ | September 4th, 2012 | Sean Whaley

Posted on 09/04/2012 6:01:33 PM PDT by mdittmar

CARSON CITY – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today defended President Obama’s record of accomplishments in his first term, citing his preservation of the nation’s auto industry, the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a threat to America and his push to regulate the banking industry as examples of why he deserves a second term in office.

Reid, speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, called Obama “a man who has brought courage and character to the presidency.”

“President Obama’s strength of character leads him to do the right thing even when it isn’t the easy thing,” he said.

Reid also attacked the conservative Tea Party element in the Republican Party, saying it must be stopped “before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who don’t recognize common ground even when they’re standing on it.”

In his brief remarks, Reid also criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying never in modern American history “has a presidential candidate tried so hard to hide himself from the people he hopes to serve.”

Reid has been leveling criticisms at Romney for the past several weeks for failing to release more of his tax returns for public scrutiny.

But there has been some for his focus on Romney’s tax returns. Reid was criticized for claiming to have information from a source that Romney paid no taxes at all for 10 years, but he did not make that claim in his convention remarks.

“When you look at the one tax return he has released, it’s obvious why there’s been only one,” Reid said. “We learned that he pays a lower tax rate than middle-class families.­ We learned he chose Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island tax shelters over American institutions. And we can only imagine  what new secrets would be revealed if he showed the American people  a dozen years of tax returns, like his father did.”

Reid said the American public should not take Romney’s word that he paid his fair share of taxes.

“His word? His word?” Reid asked. “Trust comes from transparency, and Mitt Romney comes up short on both.”

Reid did not mention Nevada’s highest-in-the-nation unemployment rate or its high foreclosure rate in his defense of Obama.

Reid said he is ready to tackle the challenges faced by Americans in the coming four years.

“But I want to do that work with Barack Obama, and not a Tea Party ideologue,” he said.

There was some bad timing as the Democratic Convention kicked into full gear, however, with the news from the U.S. Treasury that the national debt for the first time in history. The debt has increased approximately $5.4 trillion since President Obama took office on January 20, 2009.

The news prompted a comment from Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., who said: “Today’s ominous milestone is yet another reminder of the dire fiscal straits our country is facing and the need for serious solutions to getting our deficits under control and reducing the debt.

“After running on a promise to cut the deficit in half and reduce our debt in his first term in office, President Obama has added trillions to the debt by pursuing failed stimulus policies and has left the American people and future generations holding the tab,” he said. “Not only has this administration broken these promises to the American people, it has ignored the seriousness of the situation by repeatedly proposing budgets with deficits of more than $1 trillion.”

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Sen. Harry Reid says the Tea Party is a group of extremists that doesn’t know how to compromise:


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1 posted on 09/04/2012 6:01:39 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

No anti Mormon stories about Harry?


2 posted on 09/04/2012 6:05:16 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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Yawn...maybe I’d listen if you would have passed a budget the past 3 years, as you are legally required to do.


3 posted on 09/04/2012 6:05:47 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: mdittmar

and why should the Tea Party compromise with marxist/fascists?

blessings, bobo


4 posted on 09/04/2012 6:07:45 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: mdittmar

Reid also attacked the conservative Tea Party element in the Republican Party, saying it must be stopped “before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who don’t recognize common ground even when we’re standing on their necks.”


5 posted on 09/04/2012 6:08:28 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: mdittmar

Well, that’s a shock!


6 posted on 09/04/2012 6:16:09 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: mdittmar
Sen. Reid Defends Obama Record, Criticizes slanders Tea Party, Romney, In Convention Remarks

There, fixed that. (Okay, I know you needed to go with the original title the MSM outlet pasted on the story.)

And there's something grimly amusing about Reid asserting that trust comes from transparency given Obama's locking up of all his past records and invocation of executive privilege in regards to Fast and Furious. (I'm not sure how that assertion fits with the notion Reid was defending Obama's record.)

7 posted on 09/04/2012 6:21:29 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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I find their rhetoric dangerous. Calling someone a radical or extremist makes it easier for them to make the case that we are not needed. In my opinion we are heading down a slippery slope. Remember the Jews in Germany were blamed for every thing and look how that turned out. Pray people Pray!


8 posted on 09/04/2012 6:27:40 PM PDT by crazydad (-` sd)
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To: tet68
Gangsta Reid's idea of reasonable is selling OUR USA property valued at $39.5 million for $4.1million to his son. Not extreme there, gangsta H.

‘Course, when a poweful political gangsta threatens to step on citizen's necks, then it connotes the image of dry roots on the tree of liberty.

9 posted on 09/04/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: mdittmar

Harry...your pomegranites are calling you...


10 posted on 09/04/2012 6:30:42 PM PDT by W.Lee (No compromise)
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To: mdittmar

Did he happen to mention his son getting millions for his part in the Chinese - green contract...didn’t think so.


11 posted on 09/04/2012 6:48:56 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: mdittmar

"Hades Harry"

12 posted on 09/04/2012 6:49:52 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: mdittmar

Reid also attacked the conservative Tea Party element in the Republican Party, saying it must be stopped “before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who don’t recognize common ground even when they’re standing on it.”


When did Carl Rove and John McCain start writing Harry Reid’s speeches?


13 posted on 09/04/2012 6:53:03 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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Dingy Harry knows he can slander the tea party because he can steal enough votes to overwhelm them.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 7:12:58 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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” - - - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - - - .”

Based on his actions, or lack thereof, shouldn’t we call him “ U.S. Senate DICTATOR Harry Reid?”

BTW, good Morman that he is, I’m shocked that for 4 years he has been spending his drunken Grandchildren’s money. (Why else would they let him do it?)


15 posted on 09/04/2012 7:58:46 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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Dingy Harry’s future in the Senate will be to vote present, a task he is already accomplished at.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 8:24:04 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (6 November, 2012, the day our embarrassment is sent back to Kenya.)
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