Liberals Rally in D.C. One Month Before Midterm

By Dschabner

Oct 2, 2010 3:35pm

ABC News' Tahman Bradley reports:

Glenn Beck's Restore Honor rally back in August at the Lincoln Memorial was described by many as a religious revival. Today's One Nation rally, which was also at the Lincoln Memorial but was organized by hundreds of groups ranging from labor unions, civil rights organizations, gay rights and environmental organizations, had the feel of a political rally.

The speakers keep mentioning the Nov. 2 midterm election and the importance of voting, and also offered up some pretty sharp political rhetoric — in contrast to Restore Honor, when Beck and his featured speaker Sarah Palin tried to avoid political references.

At the rally today, liberal MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz delivered an extremely partisan speech, saying the rally is about the future and telling the audience that they will have their say on Nov. 2.

"Conservatives don't believe in your freedom," he said.

He also talked about the opposition of Republicans in Congress to most of President Obama's agenda.

"For the last two years, the president has had to put up with the word 'no.' "Forty people in the United States Senate have held down the working people," he said. "We will be there on Nov. 2 and we will continue the fight."

In a direct swipe at the lack of diversity among the crowd at Beck's rally, the Rev. Al Sharpton told the gathering, "I hope people look at the mall, because this is what America looks like."

In yet another mention of the election, he said, "In four weeks we're going to have the midterm exams. We've got to go home and got to hit the pavement. We've got to knock on doors. … We've got to get ready for the midterm."

Sharpton also turned the focus of his remarks to jobs.

"We need America to deal with the issue of jobs. We bailed out the banks, we bailed out the insurance industry — now it's time to bail out the American people," he said.

Sharpton's speech got the biggest applause.

Other speakers talked about diversity, education and social justice.

The crowd was large, but seemed smaller than the crowd at the Beck rally. Nevertheless, Schultz announced that he was told the crowd was bigger than at Restore Honor. The U.S. Park Police did not release an official estimate.

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