Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday pushed back on the suggestion that the White House is detached from Senate Democrats.
"I can place a phone call anytime, it's returned immediately," the Nevada Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I feel very good about my relationship with the White House and the Senate's relationship."
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Reid met last week with top players in President Barack Obama's re-election team, and reports followed that the administration would not donate funds to Senate elections in 2012.
But Reid said Sunday it was "the same conversation I've had with presidents over the years."
"They have to guard their money," Reid told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I didn't expect them to bring their checkbooks with them."
Reid said Democrats are "armed with some good fortune" heading into the next election cycle. He pointed to Senate candidates in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Nevada and Arizona as well as the recent retirement announcement from Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and former Sen. Bob Kerrey's decision to launch a bid for the Democratic nomination in Nebraska.
Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs in November, including those of two independents who caucus with the Democrats.
"We have good candidates all over and I feel very comfortable about where we're going to wind up in November," Reid said.
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