Reid Remarks On Senate Republicans’ Misguided Campaign Strategy

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“In Senate races across the country, Republicans will avoid the issues that matter most to Americans, trying instead to focus attention on a Senator who is not up for re-election – me.” 

“So with one failed strategy behind them, Republicans and their 2 billionaire benefactors are trying something new – but it’s still the same smoke-and-mirrors routine. To those Republicans who would rather bash me than speak about what matters most to their constituents, I say: fire away.” 

“In the meantime, Senate Democrats will continue to speak up against the shadowy influence of 2 power-drunk billionaires and their devoted followers on Capitol Hill.  But most importantly, Senate Democrats will continue working on meaningful legislation that will get our nation’s middle class back on track.”

 

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor regarding Senate Republicans’ newly-adopted campaign strategy. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Nevada is home to the best entertainment on the planet. Those who visit Las Vegas and Reno know that they will find the best musical, theatrical and comedic performances on Earth. Some of the most popular performers in Nevada are magicians and illusionists who entertain their audiences by making the impossible seem real. Through misdirection, these performers distract viewers from what they know to be true, and instead funnel their attention to something entertaining and fake. It seems as if the Republican party has decided to follow in Houdini and Copperfield’s footsteps, and employ a bit of misdirection of its own.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Republican Party has a newly-adopted campaign strategy to defeat Senate Democrats: they will attack me.  This is because their attacks falsehoods regarding the Affordable Care Act have born little fruit. In Senate races across the country, Republicans will avoid the issues that matter most to Americans, trying instead to focus attention on a Senator who is not up for re-election – me. And what are those issues that Republicans so desperately want to avoid?  How about immigration? It has been over a year since the introduction of the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, and we are fast-approaching the anniversary of that legislation’s passage. Yet, instead of explaining to the American people why this bipartisan bill sits idly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, they want to change the subject. And while struggling American families plead to Congress for help in getting work, or being paid fair, livable wages, House Republicans prefer to talk about anything but what is relevant.  Why? Because their billionaire sugar-daddies aren’t interested in helping middle American families get a fair shot.

Charles and David Koch aren’t concerned with long-term unemployed families, and so the Republicans they sponsor in the House of Representatives are content to do nothing.  These billionaire oil barons don’t care that working women are being deprived of fair wages equal to those of their male counterparts who do the exact same work. Nevertheless, Senate Republicans took their marching orders and refused to even debate equal pay legislation.  And now, as the Senate turns its attention to an increase of the federal minimum wage, is there any question as to whether the Republicans will once again do the Koch brothers’ bidding and not give millions of American a fair shot at livable wages?  $80 billion is not enough for two brothers, but evidently the Kochs feel that $10.10 per hour is too much for a hard-working American with a family to feed.  So the Republicans in Congress yawn at the idea of giving the American middle class a fair shot at financial stability, instead choosing to distract the American people by attacking me. And like all great illusions, they are using misdirection to call the American people’s attention away from what’s really happening – 2 billionaires trying to purchase America. The Koch brothers and their accomplices continue to dump millions upon millions of dollars into attacking anyone and anything that stands in their way. But Senate Democrats have refused to stand idly by as a few mega-rich individuals attempt to create an American oligarchy. We have spoken. Here on the Senate floor, I have spoken against the Koch brother’s attempts to rig the system in their favor because it comes at the expense of families in Nevada and across America.  In response, one of the Kochs’ puppet organizations announced its plans to run ads against me in my home state of Nevada. As I have said before, being the target of the Koch brothers is nothing new to me, and I’m not intimidated. But shockingly, the leadership of the Republican party has decided to follow suit with this new strategy.  Maybe it’s because their previous strategy – attacking Obamacare – proved to be a miserable failure.

 

Over 8 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, including 413,000 people who reside in the home state of the Republican Leader – Kentucky. So with one failed strategy behind them, Republicans and their 2 billionaire benefactors are trying something new – but it’s still the same smoke-and-mirrors routine. To those Republicans who would rather bash me than speak about what matters most to their constituents, I say: fire away. To Charles and David Koch and their radical henchmen, feel free to attack me as much as you want. I can take it. But don’t expect the American people to be fooled by this newest slight-of-hand trick. Ultimately, voters will see this new tactic for what it is: a distraction that is keeping American families from getting a fair shot at financial stability. In the meantime, Senate Democrats will continue to speak up against the shadowy influence of 2 power-drunk billionaires and their devoted followers on Capitol Hill.  But most importantly, Senate Democrats will continue working on meaningful legislation that will get our nation’s middle class back on track.

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