Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator
October 29th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
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Reid reacts to name calling by Republican Senator

Updated 10/29/2013 at 3:09pm

(CNN) - Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid reacted sternly Tuesday to a GOP Senator who reportedly used a swear word to describe the Nevada Democrat.

According to the New York Daily News, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was at a Republican gala Monday night in New York City when he spoke of civility in the Senate and that there are Democrats he gets along with, but not Reid, the top Democrat in the chamber.

"There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a–hole," Coburn reportedly said.

Reid's office minced no words in its reaction to Coburn's reported profanity.

"Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career," Reid spokeswoman Adam Jentleson said in a statement Tuesday morning.

Coburn's office hit back at Reid's Tuesday afternoon, striking out at Jentleson by name.

"Adam's opportunistic – and factually-challenged – faux outrage shows why these conversations are best left at the member level. Adam apparently missed the 2008 presidential campaign during which Barack Obama campaigned on bipartisan transparency legislation he wrote with Senator Coburn," Coburn spokesman John Hart said in a statement.

"He also may have missed the student loan debate this year when Dr. Coburn worked with Senator Manchin and others on a bipartisan solution."

Coburn refused to confirm his reported comments from the night before at a press conference Tuesday, saying only that "my conversations with Sen. Reid will be in private."

Coburn did however charge that Reid has "done more damage to the senate than any majority leader."

The two men have long had a testy relationship, clashing regularly over the years, mostly on earmarks and fiscal issues.

Asked by CNN whether he had talked with Reid, Coburn said "I will."

Reid has himself not shied from choice words in the past. In August, he told the legislator presiding over the Senate to have his fellow legislators "sit down and shut up."

–CNN's Paul Courson, Ted Barrett, Bryan Koenig, and Athena Jones contributed to this report.

Filed under: Harry Reid • Tom Coburn
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. McBob79

    Most people who deal with Reid agree. He's a bitter old man!

    October 29, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Hector Slagg

    Aw, Well,
    maybe Harry trying to be a late Harry Truman. Anyone that lies on the Senate floor need a lesson in manners. He said Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes. But, he is your typical democrat.
    Where's the proof that he did pay any taxes? The return that he released didn't take all available deductions, which if he had would reduced his tax obligation to close to 1%, or less. Those deductions could be deferred to a revised return, or taken the following year. Romney refused to release any other returns. So, I ask again. Where's the proof the he did pay any taxes.

    October 29, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    P.S.-also see New Testament James 3,1-12.

    October 29, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. TONE

    Because misinformed voters like yourself kept him there.

    October 29, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. A True Conservative

    Hey Harry – you're the one who accused Romney of tax evasion....other than the fact that the politica IRS certainly could have and was probably willing to provide you with whatever information you lied. It's time to face the facts Harry – you are completely untrustworthy. Because of your lies, I don't really care what anyone calls you.

    October 29, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. rs

    You know, at this point, the measure of respect Republicans demand rides right up against the votes they cast to cause our nation to default, and to crash the economy. Sorry, boys- you don't deserve respect. Holding our nation hostage to your narrow, radical, partisan ideology is no virture. You are wannabe domestic terrorists, no more, no less- perhaps if you get treated as such you'd figure out just how little Americans agree with you.... and stop playing stupid partisan games.

    October 29, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @truth hurts but reality bites

    Thank you , it all makes sense now ! So Sen.Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is essentially in office , being paid to do nothing ?

    Sounds like the Dream Job of most elected republicans .

    October 29, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Michael Benjamin

    Coburn's retirement will happen none to soon and when it does the Senate will be better for it. Any bets he lands a cushy 7 figure job on "K" Street?

    October 29, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Anthony in California

    "@truth hurts but reality bites
    More laws equal less personal freedom, bigger federal government, more bureacracy, higher taxes tp ay for it."

    So you want a lawless, gun filled, unregulated country where a small percentage controls the vast majority of wealth... ?
    Why do you live in America then? Isn't Afghanistan or Iraq or Libya or Syria better suited for that utopia in your mind?

    Seriously... do you even hear yourself....

    October 29, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Hasn't Rush been telling them to call him Dirty Harry for weeks now? When I saw it once I thought, oh isn't that cute. But after seeing basically the same phrases comment after comment, I figured Massa Rush had spoken.

    October 29, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. jboh

    Just saying is showing his TEA/GOP ignorant/idiotic nature again. Quit the childish temper tantrums and GROW UP!

    October 29, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. FastEddie

    Reid has sponored mnay bills, such as his Bullet-Train necessity from Los Angeles to Vegas for $8 Billion; for those of you mathematically challenged that is a lot of zero's. Money better spent, say on the Obamacare over-run which is already predicted at 3.5 Trillion; again thats T as in Trillion, even more zeros.

    October 29, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. T

    ....."More laws equal less personal freedom"..............This MO ron seems not to have a grasp of reality........Let's see............How about the 2nd Amendment..............That "LAW " allows you to carry a weapon that can and will END INOCENT PEOPLE'S LIVES........Maybe we should START with eliminating the 2nd Amendment.............

    October 29, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. jboh

    Truth hurts but reality bites, wouldn't know the truth ,or reality if it bit him on the nose.

    October 29, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    @Hector Slugg
    "He said Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes. But, he is your typical democrat...."

    He speculated out loud that Mittens didn't pay any taxes because he would not release his tax returns (like every other Presidential candidate... ever). Something to the effect of, "Maybe Mitt Romney didn't pay any taxes, I don't know?"

    I would think this was perfectly acceptable by the republicant party, seeing how they just love to do this... "It could be argued that Obama is a muslim extremist who has attended Rev. Wright's anti American (Christian) church for 15 years and he was born in Kenya while palling around with terrorists and he killed those people in Behnghazi with his health care plan."

    October 29, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. wendel

    Reid calls it like he sees it and did it with class . something most repos don't understand. Big difference in telling someone to shut up and using profanity. Let's face it the repos have had a bad 5 years and will do anything to bring the opposing party down. Even reverting to name calling and racist remarks. Something the party of Christian values is so good at. That's another reason they are loosing favor. People are tired of the hypocrisy of this party.

    October 29, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. vikingwoman

    The most disturbing info of this article is that Sen. Coburn is still in the Senate! Not 1 (one) piece of bipartisan legislation, in his Entire career!! How do we, hardworking, taxpaying Americans allow this type of lazy as.s behavior in our public servants!? Talk about livin' on the dole! If we want fiscal responsibility in DC, kicking people like Coburn 'to the curb' is a good place to start!!

    October 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Honestly, you would think that Harry Reid had been out screaming obscenities at peopleon a daily basis, based on the way the conservative posters are defending Coburn's classless remark. Its a questions of degree, but when you cross the line into what no one can dispute is obscene language, it does nothing to elevate your point, and honestly, diminishes the one who said it. I wonder if Coburn's pastor signed off on this pointless display?

    October 29, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |

    Great come back Harry R. Not one, ever?

    October 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Lee Jensen

    Sen. Coburn was one of the few who continued to collect his pay during the gov't shut down while thousand's suffered.

    October 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. deee510

    Funny stuff these old gop members are so childish hateful and unprofessional.keep digging their graves

    October 29, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Ol' Yeller


    "Reid has sponored mnay bills, such as his Bullet-Train necessity from Los Angeles to Vegas for $8 Billion"

    Wow!?!? We could have built 3 of them with just the money the teab agge rs wasted in the failed government shutdown.

    October 29, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. truth hurts but reality bites

    @truth hurts but reality bites
    Thank you , it all makes sense now ! So Sen.Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is essentially in office , being paid to do nothing ?
    Sounds like the Dream Job of most elected republicans .

    No, he is there to try and get government lean and more efficient, you know, not wasting and allowing hundreds of billions in waste, fraud and abuse every single year. Democrats only have one interest, growing government, and the waste, fraud and abuse. $3.5 TRILLION???? Way too small!! They are shooting for double that number! 90% taxes rates to support it too.

    October 29, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    And when, a couple weeks ago, Obama made a speech with some sharp jabs at the GOP/Teatrolls in it because of their games in shutting down the government for 16 days at a cost of $24B, we were instantly treated to furious tirades from several GOPers who "took offense" at the jabs in Obama's speech. Did CNN include a "YEAH BUT" paragraph at the end of the stories to list off all the grossly insulting and putrid filth that has issued from the GOP/Teatrolls' mouths vis-à-vis showing that "they do it too" and implying that "they don't deserve any sympathy for Obama having insulted them"? No.

    October 29, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. just asking

    why would reid be criticizing coburn and his lack of bills? coburn could have submitted a thousand of them and do nothing harry reid would not have allowed the senate to vote on them. haryr reid has held the senate hostage for years now. good thing he will lose control in 2014 when those 9 red state democrat senators get sent packing.

    October 29, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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