Henderson — Obama made a plea for his top domestic priority ObamaCare during an extended campaign plug for Reid, seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the November elections.
Obama was in Nevada to help the Senate leader survive a tough re-election fight this year — a race that could have a big impact on the balance of power in Washington and the fate of Obama’s own proposals on health care and beyond. Obama needs to protect every vote he can in the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Obama and the Democrats are offering “a partisan bill devoid of support from the American people.”
Reid’s Washington office said the senator will support allowing the government to sell health insurance in competition with private insurers. Most oppose the so-called public option. It’s in the bill the House passed last year.
Reid introduced Obama and then sat behind him, basking in each applause line. Obama wrapped his arms around Reid at the start of the event and embraced his work throughout. Obama rarely missed a chance — on the economic stimulus plan, on health care, on the effort to regulate big banks — to put himself and Reid in the same sentence. The goal was to shift the emphasis from the voter’s disgust of Reid’s votes to, in Obama’s demented view, the courage to support Our Imperious Leader’s socialistic agenda.
“Harry Reid has been nothing but a fierce partisan in Washington and a quick visit from Obama won’t save him this November,” said Jahan Wilcox, spokesman for the Republican National Committee in Washington.
Outside protesters waved signs. They showed dissatisfaction over a variety of issues, including the economy, health care and illegal immigration. “Dump Reid and Obama,” said one sign.