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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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. RFB

    Did any of you get to watch the Faith Special that was on CNN? Well if you did I don't see how anyone could still be for Obam. Hillary was outstanding, amazing, and unbelievable. She answered all the questions without hesitation, completely and coherently. I was so impressed with her I can't believe this was not extolled on the CNN news the next day. Obam, well he was his usual stuttering, ah, ah, um, um, let me explain what I meant, self. He pretty much copied everything that Hillary said and he still couldn't get it out. I finally had to turn it off because I was getting so frustrated just waiting for him to finally say what he was trying to get out. She is everything that this country needs in a President, intelligent/knowledgeable up on everything that is relative to this country and our future. These are the qualities that are important, and that will make our country great again. Obam will be torn to shreds if he makes it to the general. Without a script he is totally useless, and can't get his mouth to move.

    April 15, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. AZM

    Duke it out to the end... may the best man/women win!
    This is democracy in action!

    April 15, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Long Island Democrat

    I voted for Hillary twice in the past, but not this time. In fact, I'm going to find it hard to forgive her for the shameful campaign she's run. My suppport for Barack is growing with each new attack from the Clinton machine.

    April 15, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Richard

    I love this harry reid guy. He is always going after bush and keeping him in check.

    April 15, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Jean

    Am BITTER that the lead ducking sniper women is still around...Go OBAMA!!!!

    April 15, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Nobillary Andobama

    Darth Vadick....were you born a liberal mugwump or did you grow into one?

    I bet you are one of those Code Pink wackos that blame America for the 9/11 attacks aren't you???

    I hear France is great this time of year....how about you move there?

    April 15, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Jean

    HILLARY JUST KEEP ON BEATING. NOW IT IS CONSUMING HER AND PAINTING AN UGLY PICTURE OF EVERY ONE EVEN THOSE REPORTING ON THE STATEMENTS.

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. TK

    HRC supporters are acting like a child saying HRC or Mcbush. I'm an Obama supporter, but if HRC wins I'll support her in November, after all there is no diffrence b/n the two. If there is anyone who should be angry is the Obama supporters with HRC's constant negativity.

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Kevin Pennsylvania

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN=AS LONG AS THEY'RE WHITE

    you racist people make me sick and Hillary would not want you as a supporter any way when Barack is the Nominee she will support him
    are you people that uneducated to support someone is who's policies are completely different?????? GOD ITS FRUSTRATING

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Kevin Pennsylvania

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN=AS LONG AS THEY'RE WHITE

    you racist people make me sick and Hillary would not want you as a supporter any way when Barack is the Nominee she will support him
    are you people that uneducated to support someone is who's policies are completely different?????? GOD ITS FRUSTRATING

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Martian

    Here's what makes me angry and bitter ... the patronage payback politics of Ed Rendell, just reported in NYT today:

    "President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Rendell’s wife, Marjorie O. Rendell, to the federal bench in 1994 and elevated her to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1997. He named Mr. Rendell chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 election." Also mention of some juicy Bill Cinton era earmarks.

    Now do we really wonder why Rendell is so vocal for Hillary? It's payback-time from family dynastic political favors of the 90's.

    I wonder how many other SuperDelegates would like to nominate the best candidate but are constrained by payback-time to the Clinton machine. Being called a "Judas" by a Clinton should be a mark of honor since it requires independence from having been bought out by past favors.

    Superdelegates need to cast their votes and get the Hillary deathmarch over already.

    April 15, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. therealist

    Harry and his do nothing Congress ARE the reason American's are bitter!!

    April 15, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. kevin from alaska

    There are so many issues to vote on: the future of the Supreme Court, the Iraq War, economic solutions, environmental solutions, etc., etc. that there is no excuse to choose candidates based on what their Reverend said or some made-up story about Bosnia or their appearances on 'Leno' and "the Tonight Show.'

    April 15, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Lisa

    I am bitter also, because so many people do not want to hear the truth. They would rather have Hillary lie to them, instead of having a leader like Obama talk to them like they are adults. Natfa, Penn, Bill's 800.00..., sniper fire, and on and on. and you still support this woman. She just created another issue to keep the heat off of herself. Don't fall for this nonsense. Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Tennessee

    This is not accurate reporting. Shame on you CNN.

    April 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Brian

    Over soon? Has he been paying attention anytime Hillary has spoken?

    April 15, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Dora

    Obama is selling you a snowbird for a white Tom turkey.

    April 15, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Joe

    We're looking at this the wrong way. Clinton should not be "forced" out, because then she will be able to argue, rightly or wrongly, that Obama is an illegitimate contender for the presidency. Never mind that most other candidates have dropped out by now, and that their doing so in no way diminishes the legitimacy of either Clinton or Obama. But I digress.

    The only real way to end this in a graceful and unifying manner is, unfortunately, to let it drag on until June. Once P.R. votes, then we'll see who is ahead in delegates, states, and the popular vote. If Obama is behind then, he should gracefully bow out to avoid a nasty convention. Same goes for Clinton, though. She'll have then fought the good fight, and come out on the losing end. Neither her nor her supporters will be able to argue differently, nor should they. She's done what she thinks is right, and is best for the country. And, in a way, it has been good – look at the record turnout for primaries, and the engagement in politics of so many people. I only worry that by dragging it out we will create an irreconcilable split within the party, regardless of the outcome. But I have hope that's not true.

    April 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Shannon

    do we all get to vote, or is Harry just going to anoint Obama king. Why do Obama supporters hate democracy

    April 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. alejandro

    Really guys give Hillary a break,(jejeje) she does not know better...besides....this kind of smart / new / true politics has been a problem for her. She can't out think it, nor catch up is to fresh, even for a professional as her. If you argue the right way you never can be wrong. But unfortunately Hillary does not argue...she just formulates a lesser version of the truth, changes words, waits to see what senator obama is preparing to do, then act. Is really poor the way she has let her campaign be managed, this whole situation, has been extremely poor. It is true, what they say, once you ran out of arguments, lies and confusions take place. We do not need confusion in trouble times. We need to be focus and that ladies and gentlemen is a fact that the Hillary campaign has to deal with, and probably has them "BITTER" over it.

    April 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Deb in RI

    Hillary's not going anywhere, people! She's winning PA and Indiana for sure...to ask her to step down is unfair! How about the terrorist lover, Obama stepping down?? Now I'm BITTER!

    Get a life Reid!

    April 15, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Byron

    Ehh...good for nothing Senate Democrats; they can't even get anything done in government, but they can sure comment on the race. There are millions of hard working Americans out there wondering how they're going to pay the bills and whether they lose their house.......but, hey, as long as Senators can comment on the race, every thing is going to be A-Ok. Good for nothing I tell 'ya, I say we vote ALL of them out in this election.

    April 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. Dan Yates

    Us Keystoners are bitter......Obama is correct. We will support Obama.
    Besides, Mccain is to old.

    April 15, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 15, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Bob

    Well ROUDIE , DoUDIE DO , The old saying what you sew , You shall reap. So go harvest it Harry.

    April 15, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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