(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may not be known for his sense of humor, but the Nevada Democrat put supporters in hysterics Monday as he launched what will likely be his most difficult reelection campaign to date with a dig at Sarah Palin.
"I was going to give a few remarks on the people who were over here a week ago Saturday," Reid told supporters in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. "But I couldn't write it all on my hand."
Reid then added "You betcha!" to more laughter.
The comments were a clear reference to Palin, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, who was seen reading notes from her hand to much derision from critics during a speech earlier this year.
Palin kicked off a Tea Party rally late last month in Searchlight, where she encouraged disgruntled voters to "take back our country" and attacked what she called the "Obama-Pelosi-Reid spending spree."
"There's no better place to kick off the Tea Party Express than Harry Reid's hometown," the former Alaska governor said at the rally, dubbed "Showdown in Searchlight," aimed at conjuring up support for the Senate Majority Leader's defeat in November elections.
Former Nevada state Republican Chairwoman Sue Lowden, basketball great Danny Tarkanian, and Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle are all competing for the Republican nomination to take on Reid.
A recent Mason-Dixon poll suggests both Lowden and Tarkanian would beat Reid by double digits. The same poll showed Angle would beat Reid by 2 points.