Reid dines with Tea Party candidate
December 23rd, 2010
05:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Reid dines with Tea Party candidate

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attached action to his bipartisan rhetoric by meeting with a Tea Party-backed candidate.

In an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" set to air Thursday, the Nevada Democrat said he recently had dinner with Rand Paul, the Republican Senator-elect from Kentucky who won a highly contested race in November.

"I find him to be a very, very sincere person," Reid told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "I think that he's not going to be the flamethrower that people think he is."

Discussing another Tea Party-backed Senate winner, Reid said he isn't worried about Mike Lee of Utah. He called the Republican, who is also a family friend, a "fine young man."

The senators will take office in January on the heels of major Democratic losses in the House and Senate. In the same interview, Reid emphasized the importance of compromise, saying divided government doesn't mean you "can't get things done."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Gil

    He may be sincere, but a little loony tune on the side. How the voters of Kentucky could cast a vote for this nut I will never know. Their schools must be second class if the people are that stupid!

    December 23, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Eric Roberts

    Since when is bipartisanship rhetoric?

    December 23, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Very good. What Harry Reid will see in this new crop of Republican Senators are people who really have the nations best interest at heart. In the Lame Duck session I believe he saw how helpful Republican congressmen can be when invited to participate. Convince them that the legislation is needed, helps America and is being done correctly and they will be your best ally, regardless of what party you belong to.

    December 23, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. XWngLady

    Fine. But, watch your back harry!

    December 23, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Marcus

    'In the same interview, Reid emphasized the importance of compromise, saying divided government doesn't mean you "can't get things done."'

    Problem is what 'Extra-minimal Federal Government' Rand Paul might try to do once he becomes a senator Mr. Reid, problem is what he might want try to do...

    December 23, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Raptor

    Interesting. Lets see how bipartisan they will all be starting next year. As long as they move the country forward, I welcome this "let's work together " spirit.

    December 23, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Mad Man

    Welcome to my lair said the spider to the fly...

    December 23, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    I presume that the headline, "Reid embraces..." is an unapologetically deceptive narrative hook.
    So Reid and Rand Paul had dinner. One of those boring places in DC: was it the one with rude waiters serving overly costly Chinese food better for take-out–where I saw the greatest 20th-century American composer refuse to leave any tip–or the prime ribs in the old hookers' hotel, or the faux French warehouse/shoe box with gratuitously translating waiters for Parisian patrons...well, it's hard to imagine many "embraces" between those two men with much not to like about either one of them at any restaurant there.
    The stab at being bipartisan is admirable. So far it's produced some happy outcomes since Nov. 2, 2010.
    Keep up the good work, Congress.

    December 23, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    I guess that means he didn't get STOMPED on trying meet Mr. Paul....good for him

    December 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Tea Party or Bust!!!

    The Tea Party have to learn that compromise is not a dirty word. If we are asking for peace in the Middle East, we are asking them to compromise. Everybody wants lower taxes and no debt, we get it. But lots of people want no cuts in programs. We must compromise.

    December 23, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Christine

    Maybe Rand Paul has a mind of this own and if the republican leader says jump, he won't ask how high!

    December 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |