November 3rd, 2010
09:23 AM ET
12 years ago

Reid emphasizes bipartisan cooperation

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nevada), who edged out Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle to seal clinch his bid for reelection, says he is willing to work with Republican leaders in both houses and would consider 'tweaking' the health care bill if necessary.

In an interview with CNN's John Roberts on American Morning, Reid called for an end to campaign rhetoric and emphasized a need for bipartisan cooperation to create policies that will stabilize the economy.

"I think its time we need to set aside our speeches and start rolling up our sleeves," Reid said. "Democrats have to work with Republicans and Republicans have to work with Democrats. It's not a one-sided deal. "

Reid said he has good relationships with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) and House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, key players now that the Republicans have won back control of the House of Representatives.

Boehner is expected to become House Speaker when Republicans take control of the House in January.

However, Reid did take a swipe at the Republicans for contributing to the bitter partisan environment in Washington.

"We know that the Republicans have, this last Congress picked up the name the 'party of no,'" Reid said.

He also sniped at the refusal by Republicans help pass the Obama administration's health care overhaul - legislation many Republicans advocated repealing in the run-up to the midterm elections.

"I wish the Republicans had worked with us when we did the health care bill," Reid said.

On health care, Reid said he would be willing to "tweak" some parts but declined to start from scratch.

"I'm not going to in any way denigrate the great work we did as a country," Reid said.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Ah, so now he wants to copperate with Repubs! Well here is a news flash, Repubs wanted to work on HC and you did not like their ideas and rammed your version down our throats! I hope you are sincere and will tweak the HC bill along with Repubs to make it better and not just another entitlement for the poor!! How's the humble pie tasting Harry????

    November 3, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    How come, Harry? You wanted absolutely nothing to do with the Republicans before. Now you want to smoke the peace pipe? I hope they tell you to stick it.

    November 3, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. Ben in Texas

    Congratulations to Sen. Reid on his defeat of nutcake Sharron Angle. However, he doesn't seem to have learned much. I would have preferred to hear him say, "We're gonna shut the House down just like the Repugnants have for 2 years tried to shut the White House down."

    So, America has decided to give the Repugnants a chance to fix the mess they made from 2000-2008. I for one will be right here laughing at their lying, bungling and finger-pointing, and crying for the America they will be further destroying.

    November 3, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Monster Zero

    Of course he emphasizes bipartisanship now that the liberal progressive Democrats following a Socio-Marxist Obama agenda have been kicked out of the House and almost the Senate. Where was the bipartisanship for the last two years during the Stimu-LESS (One million per job created) and Obamacare (A dismal Joke) look up and read the teleprompter, WE WON! If the right person had stepped up in Nevada right now your butt would be toast Harry, guess it will have to wait for the next cycle!

    November 3, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. ktaylor

    I just love the comment "It's not a one sided deal" – but it was when they shoved "their" agenda down the throats of the American people. Amazing how cooperative the Dems can become now that they have lost the majority.

    November 3, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. jacks

    There goes a dem not listening again! "Tweak" the healthcare bill...hello listen to the American people! WE DON'T WANT IT!!! Work together to find another way. Or take that healthcare bill and apply it to your healthcare, see how you like it!

    November 3, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. jenn, philadelphia

    For 2 years Pelosi and Reid said "we won, we don't need you". For Reid to say he wished the Republicans had worked with them on health care reform is ridiculous. He and Pelosi rejected every Republican idea out of hand because "we won, we write the law" was their mantra. The fact that it was so hard to pass any legislation should have been proof enough that they needed to compromise. Now the American people have said it's time for you all to work together.

    November 3, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Carl Johnson

    Harry Reid's commentary appears to be flip floppin with the wind. Whatever way it blows. Basically, this election shows some partisan "anchorage" about who could get re-elected no matter what party they belong to. This country has always been run by special interest groups with money. When they don't get their way they hold on to the money until they do. Here's what shall happen with special interest groups that pay no taxes. "Let's get the foreclosure steam roller going on the backs of the unemployed for that we'll need Fed rubber stamps, court rubber stamps, state rubber stamps. How dare these people think they can live in their own homes. Where do they think they are America? Let's throw them out into the streets!

    November 3, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Orlando Patriot

    I know there will be "mean and nasty" comments made from both sides of the aisle but will refrain myself from any comments in this regard. However, I want to say to all of the citizens in this great country that our founding fathers did an EXCELLENT job of creating a Constitution and country allowing a process for the "Will of the People" to manage our government. Thomas Jefferson once said "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." and I believe it so fitting today. Some believed in 2008 that government "needed to change" and now some in 2010 believed that "government needed to change". End result is WE THE PEOPLE determine the direction of our country and NOT the will of the government.

    Yes, this country moves back and forth like a pendulum but that is what has ALLOWED this country to survive for 230 years and likely to last many more. As you argue back and forth, Democrats and Republicans, just be humbled and proud that we live in a country where we CAN ARGUE back and forth. God Bless this great nation and God Bless America.......

    November 3, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    The GOP are incapable of working with anyone. President Obama has been trying for two years, but the GOP have acted like spoiled brats throwing a temper tantrum all this time.

    America's screwed.

    November 3, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Dave

    Reid and Obama have tried many times to work with the GOP and all they say is "No." Does Reid actually think the GOP will be any different this time around?

    November 3, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. tina

    oh, sure... NOW the Democrats want bipartisanship. Now that they've LOST. Where was this willingness to work together in January...when they shoved that horrible bill down our throats without even reading it themselves?!?

    November 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Why? The Republicans blocked everything you tried to do – why even bother talking to these A-holes? They want to destroy the Democratic Party and turn the clock back on our country by about 100 years – and you want to help them?

    Accept it, Senator Reid, Republicans don't give a rat's behind for the American people – all they care about are corporations. Don't help them dig our grave!

    November 3, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Irma in North Carolina

    First of all I am glad that Harry won over the tea party racist. Wonder how the tea party celebration went next to Harry's, in the same area. To bad the rest of the tea party people didn't loose. What is the most disgusting thing is that the Orange man now is going to run the country. This country will never get back on track now.

    November 3, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. What is wrong with Nevada and California!!

    As a Californian, I ask, "What is wrong with my state California - and my neighbor Nevada? Both states are in the proverbial toilet big time - caused by Liberal politicians - and the people keep electing the same idiots! Wow, just wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    This was, by far, the worst thing that happened in the election. Reid needed to go, without any question.

    November 3, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Heather

    This is funny. Bipartisan cooperation? Translation "bipartisan cooperation on a liberal left agenda". Reid is more then happy to work with republicans, so long as the outcome is only what he wants.

    Wouldn't you almost think cooperation means each side gives and takes? But this is not what bipartisan cooperation means to a liberal!

    November 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Gale

    Saw ole Harry on TV this AM. He doesn't sound like he want's to work with anyone. He just doesn't get it, does he? Dems were voted out because they refused to listen to the voters, and kept their own agenda, no matter what. You're going down next time Harry. Watch!!!!

    November 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. stufit

    Does that include things like our inept, incompetent, corrupt, lying, union toady president calling those who disagree with him enemies, or telling us to sit in the back of the bus? Does that include calling people who disagree with Reid "unpatriotic" like he did. Reid must realize that he is only won because the SEIU pulled every dirty trick they have in their substantial playbook of dirty tricks to thwart the will of the people, like they did in the 2008 election.

    November 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Sd

    If anything, it is clear that the Republican Party was not the Party if NO, they were shut out in one the of the biggest political power grabs of all time. Their ideas were shut out and never allowed amendments. When left to only being allowed to oppose, then that's what happens. Amazing how this new breed of Democrat is "majority rule with minority suppression". That's what happens when you have a President who tells the minority to "sit in the back of the car".

    November 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Elle in Idaho

    Thank you! Obama was voted in as President on the promise of his health care bill and I'm glad it was passed! If the Dems roll over and let the Repubs repeal it or tear it down piece-by-piece you're going to see a NEW party of Democrats rise up like the Tea Partiers did, and vote out the incumbents. Don't let the "Party of No" push you over!!!

    November 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Tam

    He better not tweak it to make it worse.

    November 3, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are still talking about Obama like that's what they are elected to do, now that's exactly how you fix the economy. Keep your ears opened and listen for the can that these Republicans will be kicking down the road.

    November 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Indygurl

    Harry Reid wasn't for bipartisan cooperation when his party controlled the House; now he is all for it.

    November 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. Bob in PA

    This idiot learned nothing last night.

    November 3, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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