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After more than 10,000 tea partiers descended on Sen. Harry Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nev., to demand an end to the Senate majority leader’s term in one of the largest political events in town history, Reid launched his re-election campaign – in front of a paltry crowd of 100 supporters.
On March 27, tea partiers flocked from cities all over the nation to the small town of Searchlight, with a population of only 800. Crowd estimates at the “Conservative Woodstock” ranged from 10,000 to 30,000.
The event featured Gov. Sarah Palin and a host of other guests, including 2008 libertarian vice presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root, WND columnists Roger Hedgecock and Melanie Morgan, Joe the Plumber, commentator Andrew Breitbart and former “Saturday Night Live” regular Victoria Jackson.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Reid was cheered on by more than 100 close supporters.
The Tea Party Express issued a release Monday headlined, “Harry Reid humiliated in ‘hometown.’”
“We did it folks,” Tea Party Express spokesman Sal Russo declared in the memo. “We stood up to the corrupt Senate Majority Leader and we showed the power of We the People.”
Reid can be seen addressing his supporters and taking a few jabs at Palin in the following video posted by Fox News:
Later, when Las Vegas Review-Journal reporters asked Reid what he thought of the 10,000 tea partiers who converged on Searchlight calling for his defeat, Reid said he understands anger at government and Washington during an economic recession. However, he said he was confused about what tea partiers mean when they cite the Constitution and call for liberty, freedom and limited federal government.
“The people who are really upset don’t really know why they’re upset,” Reid told the newspaper. “What do they mean?”
Fox News reported Reid canceled a scheduled appearance at a Mormon church Sunday because protesters threatened to show up.