November 3rd, 2010
09:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Reid emphasizes bipartisan cooperation

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nevada), who edged out Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle to seal clinch his bid for reelection, says he is willing to work with Republican leaders in both houses and would consider 'tweaking' the health care bill if necessary.

In an interview with CNN's John Roberts on American Morning, Reid called for an end to campaign rhetoric and emphasized a need for bipartisan cooperation to create policies that will stabilize the economy.

"I think its time we need to set aside our speeches and start rolling up our sleeves," Reid said. "Democrats have to work with Republicans and Republicans have to work with Democrats. It's not a one-sided deal. "

Reid said he has good relationships with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, key players now that the Republicans have won back control of the House of Representatives.

Boehner is expected to become House Speaker when Republicans take control of the House in January.

However, Reid did take a swipe at the Republicans for contributing to the bitter partisan environment in Washington.

"We know that the Republicans have, this last Congress picked up the name the 'party of no,'" Reid said.

He also sniped at the refusal by Republicans help pass the Obama administration's health care overhaul - legislation many Republicans advocated repealing in the run-up to the midterm elections.

"I wish the Republicans had worked with us when we did the health care bill," Reid said.

On health care, Reid said he would be willing to "tweak" some parts but declined to start from scratch.

"I'm not going to in any way denigrate the great work we did as a country," Reid said.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. terry, va

    We don't want to "tweak" anything that you shoved down our throats. We will vote to repeal and you and Obummie will have to react. Obummie will be done in 2012 and so will Obummie care.Have a nice day, socialists!!!!

    November 3, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Art Rodriguez

    It's amazing to me that after the events of this election, there are still leaders such as Senator Reid that think the health care bill had anything to do with the will of the people of this country. Take a picture, make a stamp or get a tattoo to remind you that the will of the people is not just what you think is right. Take a good look at the message that was just sent with the votes yesterday and see the power the American people can answer with when you do nothing but toute your own agenda at our expense.

    November 3, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Reality Stinks

    Does Reid think the country is stupid? Democrats shut others out of important meetings, I don't see anything in Reid's career to make me believe that he's suddenly changed. Poor Nevadans, I really feel for them. I've said it before, and I will again. As long as Democrats like Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Schumer, etc are elected, the party will continue to implode. Democrats have failed to clean their own house and are doomed in the next election.

    November 3, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. katiec

    When are the Democrats going to realize there will be no bi-partianship from the republicans.? They plan complete gridlock and no compromise for the next two years.
    Stop hoping, Dems, and start fighting the fight. Your unreachable illusions lost you the elections.

    November 3, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. phoenix96

    I'm all for bi-partisanship...in the Harry Reid way. So if Harry wants to kill himself, I'll get with democraps and help bury him.

    November 3, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Chas

    On health care, Reid said he would be willing to "tweak" some parts but declined to start from scratch.
    "I'm not going to in any way denigrate the great work we did as a country," Reid said.

    Senator, the American people elected 65 new Republicans to do the dengrating of that monstrosity, so you don't have to worry about that. Obstruct them and 5 or 6 more Republican senators, 15 more Republican congressmen and new President will be along to finish the job and you watch from the ranch in Nevada.

    November 3, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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