Reid defends White House relationship
March 11th, 2012
10:10 AM ET
11 years ago

Reid defends White House relationship

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday pushed back on the suggestion that the White House is detached from Senate Democrats.

"I can place a phone call anytime, it's returned immediately," the Nevada Democrat said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I feel very good about my relationship with the White House and the Senate's relationship."

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Reid met last week with top players in President Barack Obama's re-election team, and reports followed that the administration would not donate funds to Senate elections in 2012.

But Reid said Sunday it was "the same conversation I've had with presidents over the years."

"They have to guard their money," Reid told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I didn't expect them to bring their checkbooks with them."

Reid said Democrats are "armed with some good fortune" heading into the next election cycle. He pointed to Senate candidates in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Nevada and Arizona as well as the recent retirement announcement from Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and former Sen. Bob Kerrey's decision to launch a bid for the Democratic nomination in Nebraska.

Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and are defending 23 of the 33 seats up for grabs in November, including those of two independents who caucus with the Democrats.

"We have good candidates all over and I feel very comfortable about where we're going to wind up in November," Reid said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican propaganda as usual, republicans have no credibility on any subject!!!!

    March 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. tedt

    Republicans will say anything to get elected. Once their in they attack working americans that make less than 1mil. a year. Factory jobs returning under obama first time since clinton was in office. Under bush republican admin. Factory jobs left at a record setting level. Look at wisconsin, indiana everywhere there is a republican governer there is an attack on american workers union and non union. Koch brothers waging war with republicans to turn u.s.a. into third world country attacking american workers they have no conscience when workers get between them and their money

    March 11, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. rvoter

    Thy had the house and instead of job plan thy pushed a health care plan. Now the cry about jobs, this should of been done first. So don't blame the republican you could't get it done.

    March 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. th

    Get a clue democrats! Tired of uneducated comments. Oh and the working class doesn't owe you anything....while I am at it. Do you guys hate all successful people? We should call you the uneducated and lazy party

    March 11, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Harry Reid on Sunday pushed back on the suggestion that the White House is detached from Senate Democrats.◄

    First of all – where did the suggestion come from – who said this?
    State more accuracies because something truly sounds quite amiss!
    I just LOVE those stories where it is "lacking" and they do not name the source
    So should I believe there is really a problem or should I have some "blogger" remorse?


    Obama and Democrats 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 11, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. tedt

    Rvoter that's b.s. now that democrats help poor with healthcare they help avg. Americans with jobs. 25 straight months of job growth. I didn't see this under republican bush, cheney administration? Eh?

    March 11, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Republican losers, wait till Nov Dem landslide.

    March 11, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. rvoter

    Can Obama give one good reason why he didn't push for jobs first? Health care is important but putting food on the table is more important to me and keeping my house. Can't blame Bush for what Obama chose to fix first.

    March 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Maybe Harry Reid can explain why the Senate has refused to take up the Budget for the last 3 years. Does he get his Marching Orders form the current Adminstration?

    March 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. tedt

    Th I go to work everyday I pay taxes I pay into ss medicare medicaid. I probably do more in 8 hours than you do all week. What I can't stand is all republicans and big money attack on avg americans that try and work hard to provide. I also work in the oil industry. Big oil making billions of dollars per quarter profit but yet they forced a 8% paycut on the avg. workers is this fair?

    March 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Look like media lost interest in GOP Primary , yes its boring now media try to create confusion in other side

    March 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Lizzie

    Yea the WH needs Sen.Reid, to block everything that comes from the other side.
    tedt, who ran the house and congress from 2006 to 2008, who ran the house and congress and the WH from 2008 to 2010
    hint: DEMOCRATS.

    March 11, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. rvoter

    tedt nice try but jobs should of been first not three years later. More houses lost and more people going to welfare.

    March 11, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Mihalyim

    tedt...Bush had 52 straight months of job growth which is twice as much as Obama as provided so far. But that is okay don't let the facts get in the way of your delusions.

    March 11, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |