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

Reid: Everything is just 'fine'

Harry Reid has a disapproval rating in Nevada of 50 percent.

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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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    If this is the best he can do for the people of this country, he should be deported.

    October 15, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Carprin

    Sen Reid needs to wake up and smell the coffee.
    When he presents the merged Health Care Bill he has an OBLIGATION to include the Public Option. He cannot deny the American People a " Debate on the floor" of the Public option.
    He should not give any of the Senators or Congressmen any cover.
    Everyone should have to "Show their Hands" Are you more interested in appeasing the Insurance Companies or are you interested in doing Right by the American Prople.
    What we voted for in November was Health Care Reform. It wwas part of the "Package"
    Reid HAS to bring it to the floor for debate and let the chips fall where they may.

    October 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Terry from West Texas

    I wish Liberalism could find a strong leader like Lyndon Johnson was.

    Some Democrats are Liberal, but most are just career politicians whose interest is in their careers only. A Democrats are Conservatives, and I wish they would just become Republicans so we would know where they stand. Like other Conservatives, their only goal is to prevent the nation from solving its problems.

    Reid and Pelosi do not deserve to sit in the chairs of Sam Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson. That's kind of like substituting a school zone crossing guard for General Patton and a bank teller for General Grant.

    October 15, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. Jamie

    Reid – Everything will be fine if you develop some backbone and exert some of the Pelosi-style coalition in the House. It is YOUR responsibility to work with the WH, you Democrat colleagues, and Pelosi to get the public option in the final health care bill. Do YOUR job!

    October 15, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    If this is the best you can do for your country, please do us all a favor and retire immediately!!!!

    October 15, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. aproudmemberofdumbasrocks

    Instead of hating him, [R]s ought to thank god he is the senate majority leader. If he had REALLY done his job, there wouldn't be a [R] left in DC without a bloody nose, and they'd all have less pork to take back home to give to all those red-state still watchers. A real leader would have known from the start there is no compromising with rabid dogs. [D]s hit the rabid dog over the nose in 2006 and again in 2008, to take its play sock out of its foaming mouth. The dog has now totally lost its mind with anger and hate, and is now looking to bite the next person to approach it.......but Reid is still trying to play with the rabid dog. I say send it to the pound, where it will be destroyed. And I'll by a beer for the dogcatcher that will do it.

    October 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. New Age Independent

    Typical democrat delusion... Disapproval rating in his home state at 50% and "Everything's Fine".

    October 15, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Classy 57

    Boy, I've got my fingers crossed that the voters in Nevada throw this guy out!!! He says things are getting better in Nevada - hotels are full on weekends - well, Harry, try going home during the week to see how things are - with any luck, we the voters will make sure you're home every day of the week so you can see how things really are!!!

    October 15, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. scott in atlanta

    How can I contribute to Reid's campaign. He's stuck between a rock and a hard place, but is still a good man and a good senator.

    October 15, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    At least the disapproval rate for republicans is much worse. Things will work out for Reid.

    October 15, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Jackie in Dallas

    Got a news flash for you, Reid. Everything is NOT fine. And will get even less fine if you and the rest of the Democrats do NOT get your act together and do what President Obama wants! We voted for him to get the lobbyists out of your pockets, and we'll make sure - one way or another - that you do NOT continue to profit from them while holding our healthcare reform, the lives of our military, and the lives of our seniors in the palm of your ridiculously greased hands!

    October 15, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. charlie in Maine

    One he delivers on healthcare, small business starts will be up and with them the un-employment rate and their forclosure rate (one of the worst in the nation) will plumet aand up will go Harry's numbers. It is simple math Healthcare + majority for 40 years, no healthcare = 1994. Now you can understand why the GOP must stop it at any (literally any) cost and also why we must not let them.

    October 15, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Linda C in Cal

    The liberals, CNN and MSNBC are delusinal...

    October 15, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. obummer, 1 and done

    Mission accomplished!

    Way to go Harry!


    October 15, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Ken

    Politicians’ spending money we do not have. No news here, nothing to see, everything is fine.

    October 15, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. cedgar

    Harry stated on the floor of the senate that a 54 billion a yr in savings from tort reform is a small %.
    I have one question
    They have stated a 580 billion over 10 yrs from medicare to help pay
    for this reform -right- well 54 billion X 10= 540 billion
    Then why are they not looking at ALL saving if this is truely about
    bring cost down??????? Kinda makes me go uhmmm
    This has made me realize this is not about cost or insuring the uninsured.

    October 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. SLM

    Out of touch little weasel. Everything is fine in his and Pelosi's little world, where they do what they want regardless of what the people want. Time to show this loser the door.

    October 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. jon

    Just keep telling yourself that Harry...Pelosi, Frank and Rangel are telling themselves the same thing.

    October 15, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Texan

    Hopefully the people of nevada will give him the boot. Now I hear they are going to use the nuclear option to get the reform passed because they can't get the 60 votes needed from some of the democrats that havs good sense. Go ahead harry and nancy, shove it on through despite what Americans want. Your names will be on top of the mess this idiotic bill will cause.Never have I seen such a blatant assault on the people of America with such communistic ideals.

    October 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. billy123

    Senator Read do not worry the people in Nevada know the GOP put this country in the ditch and the Deems will get us out of the ditch.

    I just hope you get the best insurance bill you can though the Senate with the Public Option.

    Thanks a Nevada voter!

    October 15, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Frank, Las Vegas

    Your polling numbers might be fine now, but if you don't give the voters what they voted for, your numbers will change and you might even have a primary challenger. The voters, We The People, elected democrats to the House, the Senate and the White House because we want you to do what you promised, plain and simple. If you don't deliver (a strong public option) what you promised, the voters, We The People will replace you with democrats who will deliver. Claiming to be a democrat and talking about democratic values is not enough if you don't deliver. You are the Majority Leader and it's time you did your job, LEAD. You won't get any votes from the GOP so stop trying and get your party in order or go for 51 votes instead of 60. Any democrat who doesn't follow will be gone.

    October 15, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Otto

    Hello Republicans. You are to blame yourselves. It was your bosses over the past 8 years that messes up this nation.

    Hello...I don't hear you! You say Reid should resign or go away; well...hello...Bush left us in this mess. Unemployment did not get trashed under this administration. Hello...can you hear the sound?

    This blatant mess we are in began in 2007 and as you can see...the market past 10,000 yesterday. We are moving forward and ROME was NOT built in one day. Should I say HELLO again?

    All those businesses that closed and jobs went over seas, was not a product of this administration.

    So 2010 can't get here fast enough huh? Well...news flash, it will get here and the Repukes will be out of office.

    October 15, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. victim of republican greed

    It has to be difficult to be a wingnut. They got nothing. The only good news they ever get is on Fox that something bad could happen to America. The leaders they revere are incompetent and viewed as the worst in our history.

    October 15, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    Harry will be fine when he delivers over 50 votes for health reform. This is just like what the republicans in the senate did for Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy.

    October 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Gary's Opinion

    He is full of it....he is a terrible leader and needs to retire. We don't need extreme Democrats or Republicans we need people in the mainstream. Senators that will listen to us. We really need to put this entire healthcare reform bill on hold until we get a more bipartisan approach that includes malpractice reform and other things that the Democrats refuse to incorperation into the bill.

    October 15, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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