April 15th, 2008
05:29 PM ET
6 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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  1. johna

    We know absolutely nothing about Obama except he opens mouth and inserts foot a lot. If he says the wrong thing to lets say Russia he may not be able to take it back and he could start a war. America wake up he is not a good choice for president he is really scary. As for Harry Reid he is useless and worthless. I hate to vote for our choices but at least I know where McCain stands and what he has done for America and all Obama does is insult Americans.

    April 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. don't worry, be happy

    The democratic party has been experiencing a slow split for the last 10 years.

    Obama has accentuated and capitalized on that schism for personal political gain.

    On one side you have the left wing elitists who intellectually embrace the idea of equality- but can not and do not put it into practice.

    They continue to look down their noses at the less fortunate, who they label uneducated, and then profess to want to "save them".

    They support Obama. Because of his skin color, African Americans also overwhelmingly support him, irregardless of political, educational or economic position

    On the other side you have the lifelong democrats who are more centrist and populist. They believe in democracy and have protested marched and worked for equality. They see all Americans as one people with a shared future. They support Clinton.

    We WILL NOT come together just for party loyalty and unity in Nov. We have a right and an obligation to support the BEST Candidate.

    April 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. RFB

    Pardeep, and then only McCain. By By Obamodam.

    April 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Jerry

    will the real Clinton Obama step forward. Neather are good for the USA

    April 15, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Obama2008

    Let's hope we will have a nominee for the democratic party soon. I'm an Obama supporter who may need to start taking anti-depressants if this doesn't end soon! Even if Hillary is the nominee, i will not vote for her but the drama will be over (atleast the drama among the democrats!)

    April 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Operation Chaos, look it up.

    Nearly everyone claiming they will vote Mccain if Hillary doesn't win ARE NOT DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS AT ALL. They are NEOCONS trying to scare up Hillary votes because they know she has no chance against Mccain.

    Look up Rush the Vote: Operation Chaos and see for yourself! Thousands of republicans switched parties just to vote against Obama in the primaries throughout Texas and Ohio. Party affiliation makes no difference in the general.

    It's a sad truth, but would you expect anything else from neocons?

    April 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    Debby April 15th, 2008 4:31 pm ET

    Obama never said he can't remember being there...he said he doesn't remember meeting that guy

    April 15, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. bh

    When I read these silly posts (I must entertain myself sometimes.). It is the Obama supporters that sound so "bitter" and "angry"; just an observation.

    April 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Y~from RI

    I second that Amen!

    April 15, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Harry Reid...another fine example of politicians living long enough to not matter at all.

    You'd "bitter" retire soon.

    April 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. James Lewis

    I wish that the super delagates would soon step up to the plate and vote in the man that is truly a natural born leader and put an end to all this unnecessary bickering that is a dead end road for the party.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.
    Jim Lewis

    April 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Christina Mercelle Carlson

    Those over payed politicians in Washington do not want to hear the people are bitter about the job their doing, that is why everyone is trying tell you of how out of touch Obama is.
    If the cared to look at their own job satisfaction rating they would see the 30% good standing means 70% is not very happy!
    That my friends leeds to being bitter.
    If your not bitter your not paying attention!
    Your choice for president can't be an extension of yourself. If you want all your needs meet by the next president you should have been running.
    So if your a democrat get over it and side with the party, thats unless you have decided to become a Deatheater.

    April 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Nando, Florida

    MCHILLARY NEEDS TO GO NOW!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. David, Silver Spring, MD

    "It makes me 'bitter'" Ha ha. Very funny.

    Yeah, this race is really healthy for the party. It's healthy for concerned citizens and prospective candidates to witness first hand what happens when a person of dignity tries to talk honestly and openly to the American people.

    It's healthy to see one Democratic candidate caricature the other Democratic candidate in such a dishonest and disingenuous way that half the population believes the caricature to be accurate and despises the victim, or recognizes the dishonesty for the self-serving ambition that it is, and despises the perpetrator.

    The end result being that whereas before 70% people would say, "I like candidate A, but B is also good" now 30% people love candidate A but despise candidate B, 30% love candidate B but hate candidate A, and 40% are sickened by the whole thing.

    Yeah, that's really healthy. In fact, it's a diet that's putting a new glow to John McCain's cheeks and a new spring in his step.

    April 15, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. BL

    Real funny Reid...

    April 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. captaindollar

    ALL THE OBAMAITES ARE SWEATING HAHAHAHAHAHA

    April 15, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Zach

    All these back-and-forth jabs are getting old...Obama's ideas seem much more appealing, realistic and inclusive...Hillary is really sounding ridiculous at this point...she keeps trying to connect with whoever the issue of the day concerns even if it contradicts her track record...This all seems very desperate...
    McCain sounds scary when he has his senior moments...Democrats should unify against him if they want a chance at the presidency...and Hillary, stop it with the teenage bickering...Focus on issues, not the same pointless attacks for days on end...

    April 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. noemi from los angeles

    Yes, I'm bitter too. Bitter that Hillary is still on the race. Bitter at the 8 years of horrible U.S. Administration. I may not live in a small town, but I am holding on to faith (maybe not guns) and Obama's hope to get past through this.

    I'm making myself a shirt that reads, "I'm bitter and I want change".

    Obama 08!!

    April 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Tom

    Hillary is maken me bitter I hope Reid talking about Hillary maken everybody bitter

    April 15, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    It time for this mess stop. why have another debate for what. waste of time

    April 15, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Jane

    Of course it will be all over fairly soon! Obama will win the nomination! That's been quite obvious! Hillary and the Hillbots are wasting their time!

    Time for positive change!

    GO OBAMA '08!

    April 15, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Wanda Turner

    Who cares if he's bitter or about what??? Democracy is about choice, and in order to have a choice, there has to be more than one contender!

    April 15, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Stan

    Reid is a pandering, listles, ignorant fool. Nothing useful to say. Nothing useful comes from him.

    April 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Harry Reid, COME ON HARRY, THE NOMINATION FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL BE OVER SOON IN YOUR LITTLE MIND. ONLY, BECAUSE YOU ARE A OBAMA SUPPORTER AND WANT HILLARY OUT OF DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RACE..HARRY, THIS RACE IS NOT OVER.. AND YOUR CANDIDATE, OBAMA JUST MIGHT LOOSE TO HILLARY.. THIS WOMAN OF STEEL, LIKE MARGRET THACHER, IS NOT GOING TO BE DEFEATED..THE WOMAN OF STEEL, HILLARY CLINTON, HAS JUST BECOME TO FIGHT FOR US AMERICANS. WHAT A LADY...ALL AMERICANS CAN BE SO PROUD OF HILLARY. SINCERELY, JIMMIE W BECK

    April 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Hawkeye

    Bye bye Hillary, NO one in their right mind would vote for you after all the deceit and lies. Point all you want your character flaws far out weigh those of your opponents. Enjoy your time as a carpet bag Senator.

    April 15, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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