October 15th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Reid: Everything is just 'fine'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/12/art.getty.reid.closeup.jpg caption="Harry Reid has a disapproval rating in Nevada of 50 percent."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - When it comes to questions about his sagging poll numbers, Sen. Harry Reid has a simple response: Everything is fine.

At a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, the Senate Majority Leader was asked if he's willing to risk his political career to carry the Democrats' often contentious agenda through Congress.

"I don't answer hypothetical questions," Reid answered, grinning.

"Everything is going well in Nevada," he continued. "We have an economy that is very difficult in Nevada and we all know that. But it's going to get better there."

Reid said that realtors in Las Vegas told him last week that they see signs of economic recovery, and the senator noted that hotels in the resort city remain full on weekends. "We're doing fine," he said.

The Democratic leader said his poll numbers are also "fine," even though a recent poll shows his disapproval rating in his home state at 50 percent. The poll, Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the Las Vegas Review Journal last week, showed Reid would lose his re-election bid next year in hypothetical match-ups against two potential Republican challengers.

"All my polling numbers are fine," he said. "They are not from a newspaper in Nevada that you guys tend to focus on. All my polling numbers are fine. And I'm continuing to do the best I can for the people of this country and the people of Nevada."

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  1. Linda C in Cal

    Responding to "victim of republican greed" on Jenny Stanford
    At least Mrs. Stanford stood up for herself and her family morals, whereas the wives of Spitzer, Edwards and a few other Dems are weak and have no shame for staying with their cheating Democrat husbands - So let's not talk about Republican greed...got it!

    October 15, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  2. USNA 1985

    if you libs were so darn smart you's actually know that it was the governement regs that proped up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which cause the melt down! Instead of solving real problems all you do is blame everyone else and call them names. It is unAmerican to rely on the govt to fix the economy and if you trust any politician to do what is in the best interests of the US and not themsleves I have a bridge to sell you!

    October 15, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. kevin

    Reid is ambitious and power hungry, he has long been a Nevada Senator who represents the Democratic Party, and stopped being a Democrat who represents Nevada. Reid looks after himself not Nevada. His comments show out of touch he is with what is happening in Nevada – close to 14% unemployement, highest level of bankruptcy and foreclosures in the nation both personal and commercial. As the rest of the country starts to recovery, Nevada will lag and is 10 years from recovery. Nevada needs a new Senator who looks after the State not his party. Nevadans know this hence the polling numbers.

    October 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Another Home is Forclosed on Every 7.5 Seconds

    Every thing WILL be fine Mr. Reid, if you do your job as Majority Leader and pull the Democrats in the Senate together to do the job the majority of Americans voted for. If you don't do your job however, I really don't think it's going to be so fine for you come election time! Americans are sick and tired of politicians playing politics with OUR lives. We are sick and tired of politicians caring more about where their big campaign money is coming from than doing the job WE THE PEOPLE are paying you to do! Get with the program, Mr. Reid!

    October 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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