April 15th, 2008
05:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Reid jokes Dem race making him 'bitter'

 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joked on Thursday said the sharp back-and-forth of late between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is having an effect on him.

"It makes me bitter," the Nevada Democrat said, invoking Obama's controversial comments that sparked strong criticisms from Clinton and Republican John McCain.

Reid went on to call the prolonged Democratic "healthy for our party," and predicted, "This is all going to be over fairly soon."

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. woman for Obama

    SORRY Mr. Reid – damage has been done !
    I will NEVER vote for Hill-Bill.

    April 15, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Carl from Pa

    Healthy for our party?? Does any of this seem healthy? I think not. All this is doing is hurting our party and now whomever is the nominee will have many problems to overcome. People hate Hillary, people Hate Obama – that means many people are voting for McCain. So, I dissagree with you Sir, this is not healthy!

    I am voting for Obama, however, because I think he is the most mature and has always meant well while I cannot say the same with Hillary.

    The sooner Hillary seems that she cannot win the popular or pledged delegate vote the better because this is NOT healthy.

    April 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Ted

    Don't be sure Hillary will loose NC she is only behind Obama 9points now .And she is up in IND,KY,WV,PENN,MONT no wonder Obama supporters wants this ended because if she takes the popular vote then its all about the electorial college vote and Obama hasn't one none of the big electorial states with the blue collar voters which is what it takes to win the general election .The dozen caucases he won doesn't mean crap in general election and the super delegates know that !!!!
    McCain 2008!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. MC, Pa

    Yes, letting HRC self exposure & self destruction will make the party more healthy.

    April 15, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. ART in TX

    What it really boils down to in this race... is the platform.

    Regardless of the political agendas a vote for ...

    McBush = more of the same (probably worse)
    Clinton = more of the same

    Both McBush and Clinton will try the politics of fear to win.

    A vote for Obama = more progress nationally and internationally in a time when we CAN'T afford selfish politicians in the white house.

    McCain and Clinton are on the same team. They are both about keeping the status quo for themselves and their family. This strategy clearly DOESN'T WORK as it keeps millions of americans stuck in hopeless situations.

    April 15, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. James in minnapolis

    Bitter today for a Better tommorow!!!


    April 15, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. biiiittttteeeerrr billlllllly

    I am bitter toooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, it will be bitter sweet for the next President of the United States of America Barrak Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. one nation under god!!!!

    Hey reid your days as majority leader are at a end.Id be bitter too.

    April 15, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Dori in AZ

    Bitter. Sick. Disillusioned. Disgusted. Disgruntled. Unhappy. Sad. Depressed. Frightened. Worried. Anxious. Uncomfortable. Nervous. Unsure. Confused. Fill in the blank....

    Whatever adjective he could have used, Sen. Obama would have covered how a lot of people in this nation feel. Of course, those are the ones who aren't making millions of dollars and have every reason to be concerned about their present and their future.

    Obama 2008. Period.

    April 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Nisha

    Debby- No different than Clinton not being able to remember being shot at by sniper fire. I can't remember every party that I have ever been to, but I would remember running to a car under sniper fire. Why isn't that still front page?

    April 15, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Dentons, Raleigh NC

    Haha, I like his sense of humor. This race is making a lot of voters and supporters on both sides bitter. Two and a half more months of this and I don't think anyone can deny having a bitter taste in their mouths. I will be glad when June gets here and still plan to vote Democrat, regardless of who the chosen candidtate is because this country does not need the Republicans back in and running things!

    April 15, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Does anyone have any info as to the status of the "Peter Paul vs Clinton" It seems we haven't heard very much about this lately. I think the only place I was able to find anything about this potential fireball heading Sen. Clinton's way was on the Huffington Post.

    There are so many more really interesting articles on Huff Post that you folks who feel that the Pope's visit is irrelevant can get all their news other places.

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Karl

    Hillary or McCain voters are vomitous. You'd turn your back on the Democratic party and a candidate who's views closely mirror Hillary Clinton's views and vote for a Rapeublican?

    Sick little puppies.

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. Aaron, ATL

    Hillary is a Republican in a Democrats clothing (i.e. George Bush's "I don't see anybody coming out of the Dems but Hillary" mini endorsement before the primaries started) She has voted for many of Bushes policies, hell she is the wife Daddy Bush's surrogate son Bill. THEY VACATION TOGETHER!!!! HELLOOOOOOO!!!!!! The plan is Bush Bill Baby Bush Hill Jebby Bush Chelsea... DYNASTY!!! LOL Change is here...Obama '08. Why do you think the Republican put up their duds this year, now they see Hillary Bush is not going to win, she's on a Kamikaze mission to sabotage this race for the next best republican thing...McBush! VOTE FOR CHANGE OR MORE OF THE SAME...Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Jeff

    People this is no joke some people are truely bitter after losing their job. I'm one of them. Don't get me wrong, when times are hard, God is my only solution. I don't know about guns because I don't have one!

    April 15, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Ryan from New Mexico

    Senator Reid is right.....this is absolutely healthy for our Party

    Helps get rid of the Bad Blood....NAMELY the OBAMANITES!!!

    HILLARY 08!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Unshrub

    Obama doesn't attack Hillary; he just defends himself. With all the stumbling Hillary has done lately, Obama could have slung lots of mud her way, but he didn't. But when he defends himself the news calls it mud slinging by both of them. Get real and be fair.

    April 15, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. captaindollar


    April 15, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Richard

    My prediction: Hillary will win PA by high single digits or low double digits. Obama will win NC by about 13 points. Indiana will be close. Then the rest of the primaries will run out and in early June the Supers will line up behind Obama.

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. jay

    Yep....bitter is definitely my word for the week. It is good to see a candidate like Obama who can say it like it is. I hope it is over very soon as well. The Clinton's just need to go away....for good!

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Chris, Denver CO

    It's making me bitter, too. But not enough to vote for that doddering hothead McCain. He would be a disaster of Bush-like proportions.

    April 15, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Obama support in Iowa

    I just want to know for sure that Hillary is going to climb on the Obama bandwagon when all is said and done. If she doesn't, that could spell big trouble for us in the fall. Someone needs to set her down and remind her that she's a Democrat 1st and foremost. Will she support our candidate?????

    April 15, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Hillary needs to step down, but, she's being a typical scorned woman. Afterall that is most of her base or support. She doesn't answer any questions and her campaign is only about degrading Barack Obama! Somebody please put an end to this nonsense of hers!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. mike

    Reid is out of touch with America.

    His style of politics is over.

    Truth is America is ready for change.
    After 20 plus years of Clinton and Bush, we need a government that will listen.

    April 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Change 2008

    Amen! Finally, someone is showing leadership. Sometime...folks just don't get the hint and over looks the writing on the wall. You don't have to go home, but you have to get the hell off the campaign trail.

    This isn’t about Hillary or Obama it’s about us average folks who are looking for a little help. One voice, one nation = change we can all agree upon.

    April 15, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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