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(NECN: Searchlight, Nev.) - The 'Tea Party Express' rolled through Searchlight on Saturday, where a rally was held in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) hometown.
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) was the main draw of the event, with American and Alabama state flags flying behind her as she delivered remarks on the outdoor stage in the Nevada desert.
Palin asked those in attendance to be ready to ask Sen. Reid questions when he returned home to promote the health care reform bill, which was signed into law last week, and other bills passed under the Obama administration. Questions like, "When does early voting begin and who else is running for his seat?"
With a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate, and President Barack Obama in the White House, it has been a rough go of it for Republicans in Washington. Palin equated "common sense" Conservatives to an endangered species in the nation's capital.
She also opined that "the Obama, Pelosi, Reid gang" is going about solving the nation's economic problems in the wrong way. And she said the mid-term elections are the best place to tell the federal government of a citizen's displeasure with the policies enacted over the first two years of the Obama administration.
"In these upcoming elections we're saying that the big government, big debt Obama, Pelosi, Reid spending spree is over. You're fired," Palin said. "We're not going to sit down and shut up."
The podium behind which Palin stood read "Tea Party Express III, Just Vote Them Out!" "Them" being the Democrats serving in Washington.
Her remarks focused mainly on Sen. Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama, the latter of whom was the opponent of the McCain-Palin ticket in the 2008 presidential campaign. Palin beckoned to two familiar phrases from the Obama-Biden campaign.
"That bumper sticker that maybe you'll see on the next Subaru driving by -- an Obama bumper sticker -- you should stop the driver and say, 'So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for ya?'" Palin said, poking at two words closely tied to Mr. Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, "hope" and "change."
She did clarify her remark so as to not offend Subaru owners: "I shouldn't be disrespectful; I don't have anything against Subarus."
Palin has in the past used that "hopey, changey" line at Tea Party events.
Video courtesy of KNXV.