08/09/2013 02:15 pm ET Updated Aug 09, 2013

Harry Reid: I Hope Republican Opposition To Obama Is Not Because Of His Race


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on Friday that he hopes Republicans are opposing President Barack Obama based on substance and not based on his race.

"It has been obvious that they're doing everything they can to make him fail. I hope that...that's based on substance, not the fact that he's African American," he told Nevada Public Radio, KNPR. He referenced a comment made in 2010 by his counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said it was his primary goal to make Obama a one-term president.

Reid also predicted that McConnell would lose in his 2014 reelection race, where he faces Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. "Alison Grimes is ahead of the Republican leader. That's two we're going to pick up," Reid said, also predicting victory in the Georgia Senate race, where Democrats have recruited Michelle Nunn, the CEO of Points of Light and daughter of former Democratic Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn.

Reid laughed at the recent flap in which McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said on a leaked recording that he was holding his nose to work for McConnell.

Jennifer Bendery contributed reporting.



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