October 15th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Reid: Everything is just 'fine'

Harry Reid has a disapproval rating in Nevada of 50 percent.
Harry Reid has a disapproval rating in Nevada of 50 percent.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – When it comes to questions about his sagging poll numbers, Sen. Harry Reid has a simple response: Everything is fine.

At a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, the Senate Majority Leader was asked if he's willing to risk his political career to carry the Democrats' often contentious agenda through Congress.

"I don't answer hypothetical questions," Reid answered, grinning.

"Everything is going well in Nevada," he continued. "We have an economy that is very difficult in Nevada and we all know that. But it's going to get better there."

Reid said that realtors in Las Vegas told him last week that they see signs of economic recovery, and the senator noted that hotels in the resort city remain full on weekends. "We're doing fine," he said.

The Democratic leader said his poll numbers are also "fine," even though a recent poll shows his disapproval rating in his home state at 50 percent. The poll, Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review Journal last week, showed Reid would lose his re-election bid next year in hypothetical match-ups against two potential Republican challengers.

"All my polling numbers are fine," he said. "They are not from a newspaper in Nevada that you guys tend to focus on. All my polling numbers are fine. And I'm continuing to do the best I can for the people of this country and the people of Nevada."


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    We see the mess Ensign is in now. I think Harry doesn't have to worry about a republican taking his seat.

    October 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    No, Mr. Reid, everything is not just fine!

    45,000 Americans die every year because they do not have healthcare.

    IF 45, 000 Americans..... were dying because of terrorist attacks....... the Republicans would be doing something to stop this from happening!

    However, 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of healthcare, and the Far-right continues to support...... Big Pharma and Big Insurance!

    WHO CARES ABOUT YOU, AMERICA?

    October 15, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    When you have ACORN everything is fine.

    At least every Democrat in America admits that they fully support and encourage voter fraud to benefit their candidates, moderates please take note of this next November, even if the libs get us to the point that our votes no longer count.

    October 15, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    Everything is not fine Mr. Reid.

    Weasel out of a robust public option, and see what happens come election time.

    October 15, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. PREDICTA

    Harry will receive a big dose of reality come election time. Only then will he realize that everything is not fine.

    October 15, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Jane

    Yep and click your heels three times and say I want to go back to the senate, I want to go back to the senate. Reid is done–out with the old and in with the new.

    October 15, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. gt

    how did this scrouge ever get elected ...

    October 15, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Bob in Pa

    Poll numbers at 50%- hey Harry, don't you think that since you represent the people of Nevada that you poll number should be more like 90%. SOmething tells me that you aren't doing your job Senator.

    October 15, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. hal9000

    Reid took the reins in 2006. How has the country fared since then?

    Are you better off since the democrats took over congress in 2006?

    October 15, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. mark

    goodbye harry, what a failure...

    October 15, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Jetty

    You will definitely fine Senator Reid. Go ahead and implement the agenda of the president for the well being of all Americans.

    October 15, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. B

    Just do everyone a favor and retire !!

    October 15, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. OldUncleTom

    who would you rather be? Harry Reid, or John Ensign?

    Poor Nevada!!

    October 15, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Nick

    Rrrrreeeeallly? How about that fact that you have no control of your party? All this talk about filibusters... YOU HAVE A 60 SEAT MAJORITY! Progressive liberals are not very "FINE" right now!

    October 15, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Dianna - Florissant, MO

    If he doesn't pass healthcare with a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION, his poll numbers will be the least of his worries. He won't be in office anymore, period.

    October 15, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  16. worriedmom

    Harry is in la la land! Time for change!!

    October 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Ron In California

    One can only hope there is a regime change in the Senate. Oh and the House.

    October 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Reformed Republican

    If Reid doesn't get a public option AND anti-trust measures in the health care reform bill coming out of his senate committee his state AND the dems should throw his milk-toast butt out.

    Now's no time to go all whimpy on protecting Americans with a good health insurance option and long overdue anti-trust laws governing big health insurance. We need leadership and courage Reid, not a rubber spine....

    October 15, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. yuri

    Spoken like a diplomat, but by a senator! Who can prognosticate, what?

    October 15, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Wake Up

    Good enjoy your permanent vacation from the senate starting in 2010. then you can take you fake soft-spoken toxic rhetoric away and the world will be better.

    October 15, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. victim of republican greed

    It's early, what a difference a year will make. The party of "No!" will be soundly beaten again in 2010.

    October 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. haren

    Corzine will be reelected so does Reid.
    No republican should be elected to hear NO from them for all issue.

    October 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. tonyss

    Yes..everything is fine...unemployment is over 12%..everything is fine...

    harry will be joining the unemployed is nov 2010...

    October 15, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    Need to keep the negative McCain blog on top, losing viewers............................. must find Palin story to offset........

    Everything is just peachy right Reid?

    In 2010, you will be one of our first and most important skins we get, look forward to seeing you hitting the bricks.

    Hats off to Harry, don't think so.

    October 15, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Oy Vey

    I support the President, but he should have taken a strong leadership role in health care reform.

    It's too bad for Reid though as he now has to shoulder the entire leadership role by himself.

    Reid should lead, follow, or get out of the way. He clearly has no idea for controlling the senate's majority.

    October 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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