POLITICS
06/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Harry Reid Dismisses The 'Loud Minority' And Expresses Confidence In Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) went "On The Record" With Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Monday night and expressed confidence about the Democratic health care reform bill and his own chances at winning reelection.

Van Susteren asked Sen. Reid why there were, in her opinion, "an awful lot of people who didn't like the health care bill."

Reid responded that it was because "the loud minority made a lot of noise," and that since the passage of the bill, the sentiment has been different.

"Everybody acknowledges with rare exception that what we did with our immediate deliveries was terrific, and if there are some problems in out years we'll be happy to look at them," Reid continued.

During the interview Van Susteren repeated a theory offered last month by U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) that it was Reid's health care strategy that cost the Democrats a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

"You met with Senator Ben Nelson and gave the Nebraska deal, because when I was up in Massachusetts in early January they were absolutely furious about the Nebraska deal, I think that's what sunk her," Van Susteren said, referring to the losing Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts, Martha Coakley.

Though Reid didn't completely refute this claim, he was quick to defend the health care reform process, saying that "every state in the Union has the Nebraska deal."

Van Susteren then asked Reid about his thoughts on his own re-election prospects. A poll released Monday even shows Sen. Reid trailing two potential GOP challengers by more than 10 points.

"We're doing fine," Reid responded. "The polls are fine. I'm not going to get into a poll battle, because the only poll that matters is the one in November, but we're doing fine. Even the latest polls put out by the newspaper which runs an editorial every other day against me shows that with the multiple candidates in the race I win the election."

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