Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator
October 29th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
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Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator

Updated 10/29/2013 at 3:09pm

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid reacted sternly Tuesday to a GOP Senator who reportedly used a swear word to describe the Nevada Democrat.

According to the New York Daily News, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was at a Republican gala Monday night in New York City when he spoke of civility in the Senate and that there are Democrats he gets along with, but not Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber.

"There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a–hole," Coburn reportedly said.

Reid's office minced no words in its reaction to Coburn's reported profanity.

"Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career," Reid spokeswoman Adam Jentleson said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Coburn's office hit back at Reid's Tuesday afternoon, striking out at Jentleson by name.

"Adam's opportunistic – and factually-challenged – faux outrage shows why these conversations are best left at the member level. Adam apparently missed the 2008 presidential campaign during which Barack Obama campaigned on bipartisan transparency legislation he wrote with Senator Coburn," Coburn spokesman John Hart said in a statement.

"He also may have missed the student loan debate this year when Dr. Coburn worked with Senator Manchin and others on a bipartisan solution."

Coburn refused to confirm his reported comments from the night before at a press conference Tuesday, saying only that "my conversations with Sen. Reid will be in private."

Coburn did however charge that Reid has "done more damage to the senate than any majority leader."

The two men have long had a testy relationship, clashing regularly over the years, mostly on earmarks and fiscal issues.

Asked by CNN whether he had talked with Reid, Coburn said "I will."

Reid has himself not shied from choice words in the past. In August, he told the legislator presiding over the Senate to have his fellow legislators "sit down and shut up."

–CNN's Paul Courson, Ted Barrett, Bryan Koenig, and Athena Jones contributed to this report.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. just saying

    it is about time senile harry reid gets accurately named. he's been calling republicans names nonstop for years and getting away with it. time to take the gloves off and give him some of his own treatment. good job coburn!!!

    October 29, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "I think he's an absolute a–hole,"
    -------------------------------------------–
    As the Majority Leader of the Senate Harry, I'd take that as a compliment. I see Harry still has some boxer in him because that was one hell of a jab he threw back at Coburn. Not ONE piece of legislation!!!

    October 29, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. CW

    Really CNN??? "sit down and shut up" are choice words? Not even close to "I think he's an absolute a-hole". One is a personal attack and the other is something I tell my kid at least once a day.

    October 29, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @just saying
    it is about time senile harry reid gets accurately named. he's been calling republicans names nonstop for years and getting away with it. time to take the gloves off and give him some of his own treatment. good job coburn!!!

    Wow, you just get nuttier every day!

    October 29, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Rich

    Is the truth a defense?

    October 29, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Name

    I hope Reid boxes his ears!

    October 29, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    ".time to take the gloves off..........."
    ---
    I didn't know Teapublicans wore gloves. They have been going at it bare-knuckled for quite some time now.
    Of course, their knuckles can take it since they have been dragging them around for years.

    October 29, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    it is about time senile harry reid gets accurately named. he's been calling republicans names nonstop for years and getting away with it. time to take the gloves off and give him some of his own treatment. good job coburn!!!
    --------------
    When he called George W. Bush a "liar", he was absolutely correct. Bush had come to Nevada late in the 2004 campaign and promised the people of Nevada that Yucca Mountain would not be turned into the nation's nuclear waste dump. He went on to tell the people that no other site in Nevada was under consideration and promised that the dump would not be located within the borders of the State of Nevada.

    Needless to say, Bush won Nevada. Before the month of November was over, Bush had already announced that Yucca Mountain would become the nation's nuclear waste depository, as he called it. It's cut and dried. Bush had lied. He offered no apology aside from a chuckled, "Sorry." Followed by a short busrt of that hackling giggle he has, He lied, and didn't care because he got what he wanted. He won a close re-election. He also made the same promise to every state in the region.

    October 29, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. buongiorno

    whats good for the goose is good for the gander

    October 29, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career ?

    If so , why is he still in office .

    October 29, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. sonny chapman

    And Coburn considers himself a follower of Jesus ? "For as you judge, so shall you be judged". Matthew7,1.

    October 29, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    maybe Harry trying to be a late Harry Truman. Anyone that lies on the Senate floor need a lesson in manners. He said Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes. But, he is your typical democrat.

    October 29, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. buongiorno

    a good game of chess yes indeed

    October 29, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Reid has himself not shied from choice words in the past. In August, he told the legislator presiding over the Senate to have his fellow legislators "sit down and shut up
    -------------------------------------------------
    "Sit down and shut up".
    Yeah, "choice words" indeed.
    Yawn.

    October 29, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Rich

    And this from the Senator that once publicly referred to President Bush as an "idiot". It seems civility only needs to exist when Harry Reid and Democrats think it is required and not when they believe they are "right".

    October 29, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. luke,az

    Once you revert to name calling and cursing you have lost your argument. Republicans , namely "tea party" Republicans are heavy on the name calling and light on substance. When are the moderate Republicans going to take back their party. Where are you Colin Powell ?

    October 29, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. truth hurts but reality bites

    Thomas
    Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career ?
    If so , why is he still in office .
    -

    More laws equal less personal freedom, bigger federal government, more bureacracy, higher taxes tp ay for it. Maybe he believes that a $3.5 trillion behemoth of a federal government is already too big? And his constituents agree with him.

    See, very easy to understand. Well, maybe not for a Democrat and a liberal that thinks the federal government should totally control your life and everything in the country. You know, like the old Soviet Union. Yeah, the good old leftist success story of the Soviet Union. Where people stood in line for hours to get into stores with bare shelfs except for the tiolet paper and lard.

    October 29, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    LOL @ CNN's desperate gambit to create a false equivalency at the end. Perhaps CNN's editors and ad department should be the ones to sit down and shut up.

    October 29, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Pam from Iowa

    I wouldn't worry about what comes out of the mouth of Coburn. He is not exactly someone anyone looks up to.

    October 29, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    " Well, maybe not for a Democrat and a liberal that thinks the federal government should totally control your life and everything in the country. You know, like the old Soviet Union. Yeah, the good old leftist success story of the Soviet Union. Where people stood in line for hours to get into stores with bare shelfs except for the tiolet paper and lard."

    Aaaw, how adorable, a cold war mentality. Seeing as how no Dem/liberal I've ever met thinks the federal gov't should "totally control your life and everything in the country," it appears you're on the Hyperbole Express to Strawmanville. Have a lovely visit!

    October 29, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. mashstream

    I think a man to man fisticuffs is in order here. Harry Reid would mop the floor with him–a couple of jabs, a combination of punches to the midsection and then the hay-maker. Two sounds: him hitting Coburn and Coburn hitting the floor.

    October 29, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. tom l

    Hilarious. This is the same guy that called our president a loser and a liar.

    @Sniffit
    Tell me how that's a false equivalency? Tell me how Mr. Reid is allowed to spew the venom that he does and when someone returns the favor it's all of the sudden childish. This is an angry, bitter and venomous man.

    October 29, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    just saying

    it is about time senile harry reid gets accurately named

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You can diagnose senility without treating/interviewing a patient, using only video & photographs? WOW! Where did you go to medical school?

    October 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Tony D

    "There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a–hole," Coburn reportedly said.
    ----

    If the shoe fits Harry, wear it! Actually, Coburn was being far too nice. I would have preceded it with useless POS.

    October 29, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Peace

    Childish, childish, childish. Not respecting each other; dismantling something you really need (shutting down the gov.); yelling instead of talking etc. etc. Need I say more???

    October 29, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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