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3:00 p.m. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is back leading the Senate's brief fall session, and he doesn't appear interested in talking about his tough battle back home.
At his first press conference since returning from summer break, I asked why his race back home is so tight. Reid insisted that his pollster is one of the finest, and "I'm satisfied where I am in the polls today."
A Las Vegas Sun poll released two days ago showed Reid with 46%, and his GOP Tea Party backed opponent Sharon Angle at 44%. The race is well within the 6 point sampling error.
Our exchange, after the jump:
Q: Sharon Angle is somebody who her fellow republicans, many of them, say she is out of the mainstream. You are the Senate majority leader, very well known in Nevada, why is she neck and neck with you in the polls?
Reid: "Well I'm not going to get into a battle over the polls here today."
Q; Then why is it so tough for you...
Reid: "Are you going to let me answer the question? I'm not going to get into a battle of the polls here. I'm satisfied I think I have one of the finest pollsters in America, and I'm satisfied where I am in the polls today."
dirty harry will do anything and every thing dirty to win his election,,, thats how he got his nick name..
Leave reid he is aGood guy sharon Angle is crazy i wood vote for reid any dayWere did thy find her
Reid is arrogant, self centered, partisan to the core, snippity, and has no chance of reaching across aisle to build coalitions wiht the GOP. Why then do we allow him to stay in office? He is a national disaster, and if he is elected for another 6 years, this stallmate in DC will continue/ WE NEED FRESH FACES AND TERM LIMITS
If one could imagine someone worse for Nevada than Harry Reid, it would have to be Sharron (can't think, can't talk, don't have a clue) Angle. Good luck on this gamble Las Vegas.
Don't worry Harry Reid, the Republicans will sink the Tea Party in ways they never expected. One is stupid to believe the Republicans or Democrats don't have the power to control politics, look at the money behind them (big corporations and Wall Street) and then look at the lack thereof for the Tea Party. Republicans or Democrats will never let this country fall, they have the backing of the International Community, the Tea Party will never have that backing. People better wakeup and kiss the Tea Party goodbye.
Reid needs to go, he is out of touch and incompetent and will bankrupt our nation.
Good-bye Harry Reid!!!
You've done enough damage.
If Nevada keeps Reid, they are crazier than I think.
Anyone who thinks Harry Reid is "crazy" or has "done enough damage" or will do "anything and every thing dirty to win his election" clearly doesn't have more than one news source. Sharon Angle may be suited to handle a state political position but she clearly doesn't have the experience or intelligence to ascend to a position in the U.S. Senate.
Think what you want about Harry Reid, but at least do you homework before you support this woman.