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12/10/2012 03:23 pm ET

Harry Reid Raves About Ben Nelson's 'Mop Of Real Hair' (VIDEO)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants you to know his feelings about a retiring senator's hair.

Reid, speaking Monday afternoon on the Senate floor, was paying tribute to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who is retiring in January after serving for two terms.

"I mean, that is a mop of real hair," Reid said. "It's often that people call his office, email his office, they believe he has a toupee. It's his hair! He'll pull it for you any time just to show you that it's real."

Nelson, a moderate Democrat, often voted with Republicans. He's known for demanding special Medicaid funding for Nebraska in an early version of Obamacare, in what was known as the "Cornhusker Kickback," which was stripped from the final bill.

Nelson will be succeeded in January by a Republican, Deb Fischer.

It's unclear what's next for the 71-year-old, who, in the words of Reid, "has hair like a 15-year-old."

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