(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attached action to his bipartisan rhetoric by meeting with a Tea Party-backed candidate.
In an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" set to air Thursday, the Nevada Democrat said he recently had dinner with Rand Paul, the Republican Senator-elect from Kentucky who won a highly contested race in November.
"I find him to be a very, very sincere person," Reid told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I think that he's not going to be the flamethrower that people think he is."
Discussing another Tea Party-backed Senate winner, Reid said he isn't worried about Mike Lee of Utah. He called the Republican, who is also a family friend, a "fine young man."
The senators will take office in January on the heels of major Democratic losses in the House and Senate. In the same interview, Reid emphasized the importance of compromise, saying divided government doesn't mean you "can't get things done."