August 21st, 2008
04:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Reid: 'I can't stand McCain'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Reid had some tough words about McCain."](CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and John McCain have never exactly enjoyed a close relationship, but the Democratic leader was exceedingly blunt Wednesday in his assessment of his colleague from Arizona.

"I can't stand John McCain," Reid flatly told his hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review Journal in comments published Thursday. The Nevada Democrat also said he had recently expressed that sentiment to Democrat-turned Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, an ardent supporter of McCain who has agreed to speak at the Republican convention early next month.

"He (Lieberman) said 'I know you feel that way,'" Reid also told the paper.

The top Senate Democrat also said McCain is wrong on a host of issues and "does not have the right temperament" to be commander-in-chief.

McCain, who has long highlighted his willingness to work with Democrats across the aisle, was slightly more gracious towards Reid in an interview with Politico Wednesday detailing his pledge as president to work with congressional Democrats.

"I [will] go to see the speaker of the House and the majority leader of the Senate — I assume that that would be Sen. Reid, I hope not, but I think that’s probably the reality of this election — and I would say, 'Let’s have an agenda, let’s work together," he told the publication.

Meanwhile, when it comes to Joe Lieberman's role in the Senate next year, Reid suggested he would welcome him back to the Democratic caucus.

"All my close votes, he's always with me, whether it's the budget or energy issues," he said of Lieberman. "No matter what it is, he's always with us. He just does not vote right on Iraq. ... Why would I want to throw away a good vote?"

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soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Although Reid has been too timid in my view, he is right on the mark with this comment.

    August 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Elly

    Harry Reid is right no matter what your opinion him is
    I think Obama should consider picking Hillary for VP
    After all she did get 18 million voters in the primaries
    It would be a shoo in november ,after all, times were good in America in the nineties bc of his administration
    ppl should over look her negatives so Barack can be sure of the white house
    you sure dont want war monger mcWar in there
    he will bring back the draft and your kids will be going to War instead of college
    I actually think he is scarry with his off the cuff actions and opinions towards foreign issues
    he would *bomb first *and ask questions later

    August 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Helen in Kansas

    Is McCain talking about who he would have in his cabinet? Maybe he will reuse Bush's who reused Bush's. This 'furniture' is old and out of touch...time for a New "Cabinet".

    August 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. TerryDo-Puma-+

    Reid, you sold the democratic party when you and your cohorts selected such a candidate such as Obama.

    Everyone sees how corrupt the democratic party is with it"s selecting of a candiate instead of electing that person, how totally corrupt the primary caucuses are, how the super delegates such as yourself, Pelosi, Dean, Brazile et als, and the DNC's non-partiality during the primaries.

    All of you meat heads will be voted out of office as soon as your district comes up for re-election.

    And last but not least, no one cares whether or not you can't stand Senator John McCain but because of you and your parties corruption he will probably end of being the POTUS.

    Unless of course, Hillary R. Clinton wins the nomination at the Denver Convention when her name is placed in Nomination in the First Roll Call and she win by a huge margin....

    August 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Chuck

    From a Previous Thread:

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    You are right. That was a defining moment. A moment where Obama answered the question honestly without presuming to be God like McCain who presumes he can define (as God) when life begins.

    It is interesting how some on the right accuse Obama supporters for blindly following Obama as if he were a God when it is Obama who admits he is not God and McCain who presumes he is God. In his statement "at the point of conception" McCain was pandering to the evangelical audience and you know it. Now he is teasing the Republicans with a potential VP pick who is pro-choice. He'll tell the evangelicals life begins at conception to get their vote and then to get the vote of moderates and independents he just might pick a pro-choice candidate for VP. Sounds to me that while McCain presumes he is God he is in actuality acting the part of a little devil.

    August 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. kayla

    eugene you and the rest of obama haters deserve what you get. it's people like you who voted for stuart little bush, that has the whole economy crashing. he is the worst president in history and mcsame will be no different. i hope you are old enough to go to war, because thats' where you and the rest of idiots will go. to war.

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. john, NV

    It makes me sick that this guy is representing my state. Look at your face on mirror before criticizing others. Look at the recent polls senator Reid; it looks like America can’t stand you or Pelosi more than McCain or Bush. You and Pelosi should just find a big hole and hide until Obama is elected; you guys are not helping him.

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Anthony, Dallas, Tx

    How can we complain when we choose to elect these morons to office. If your Senator is not doing a great job, "DON'T VOTE FOR HIM OR HER"

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Tired of W, OH

    I see you've gotten the republican talking-points, Mike from Texas. You might not like Reid, Murtha, Biden, and Pelosi, but they have never "bashed our troops." If you're referring, in some misguided way, to the surge, consider this.

    The surge has helped with the violence, but it would not have worked without our government paying the Sunni militiamen $300/month each not to shoot at our troops. That's right. Your tax dollars are going to pay terrorists not to kill our troops. The military has acknowleged this as FACT. As soon as we stop paying them, what do you think is going to happen? Our troops have done everything they can and they've done it well. Now it's time to bring them home.

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. An Independent Hillary

    I can't stand either of them really – or Nancy Peloser

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. danno

    Reid is a coaster. He's only upset because McCain will force him to take action instead of naps.

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. emtp JB

    Reid was nicer and more politically correct than I am...McCain is an idiot and inept and the LAST THING this country needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And to the Hilary supporters (of which I used to be one)...stop emphasizing Obama'slast name like it should make a difference. If Hilary's middle name was Muhammad, would you be saying the same thing?? GROW UP and do what is truly best for this country (in my opinion)-support the Democratic Party to try to get us out of the deplorable situation we are in. Being spiteful and sounding racist gets you nowhere!

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. victor,nj

    bobie August 21st, 2008 1:54 pm ET

    typical liberal hatred for good honest americans

    why do liberals want to destroy america

    why is the credentials for NObama's convention in Denver a picture of an upside down flag

    NObama is just wrong for america.

    hey Bobie or is it Bubba, are you suggesting Republicans are honest. Is Bush and Cheney honest!!!!! Just make sure you dont have your confederate flag upside down.

    August 21, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Chris

    People can't stand McCain... but they're not willing to "meet" Obama because they're listening to McCain's ads.

    People would rather have someone they don't like lead them than a guy they don't know on their side. Sad...

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Not A selfish Hilliary Supporter

    An Reid is not alone.......

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |



    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Chris

    you are not the only one.
    I can't either!!!

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    How does it feel to be a symbolic leader in the most ineffective and unpopular congress since polling began?

    Erhh...Mr. Reid...since Lieberman is your best buddy on everything except the war on terror–then you must also support his views on the annual multi-billion foreign aid/defense package the U.S. citizens are forced to send to Isael.

    It's sad we you want to raise taxes of Americans to enable your own special interest ties.

    The U.S. taxpayer pays more for the defense of Israel than Israeli citizens do.

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Just wondering if Laura from Boston took issue when VP Cheney used the "F" word in his reference to a senator a little while back?

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. maria

    I cant stand that dirty old man either.
    John Mcain's experience did him no good he is still to dumb to be president of the united states. Say yes to a new kind of change and a new kind of politics. Change the american people can believe in.
    obama 08,12

    August 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Sherry, Atlanta

    HONESTY. . . That's what I'm talking about! ! !

    "Thumbs Up For Reid"


    August 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Voted for Ned Lamont in 2006

    I can't stand George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, or Joe Lieberman.

    August 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Molly

    Well – I can't stand obama! BUT – I think I can put it better than this jerk. Obama is an Arrogant, Radical FRAUD – he will never be elected – he is NOT qualified.

    August 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. republican

    all of you, republicans, do not be ignorant, ok, let's do what McCain said "Country First", right, so Reid does not like McCain, now, has McCain put his country first all his 26 years in congress? of couse not who has done that? show me a perfect record... now what will Obama and McCain say that they will do to change that, that's a different story. For us republicans is dificult to convince the population that the Bush's administration has been wrong and bad all along, because actually we republicans had been in control of congress for 7 out of the 8 years of this admonistration. We have not benn conserative (money wise) at all!, from torture to wire tapping to have Chenney erased 10 pages of the EPA report about global warming, to the communist China free trade, big tax cuts for corporations... you name it, I mean, companies are not leaving because we do not have skill workers, they are leaving because 1- huge tax breaks from this administration, 2-cheap labor. 3- infrastructure.

    Wake up America,

    Vote for the candidate that offers you the opposite of what we have today!

    August 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Shrill for Hill

    Reid is right, who can like a Fascist? The republicans are trying to do to America what Hitler did to Germany!

    August 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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