Harry Reid: I Won’t Campaign Against McConnell In 2014


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he won’t campaign against his arch rival, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is up for reelection in 2014.

“Oh, no. No, I — that — I’m a traditionalist here, and that isn’t anything I’ve ever done and will not do,” he told Bloomberg’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” in an interview set to air Friday night.

As for Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes? “Well, she’s — I don’t think she needs much of my help. She seems to be doing pretty well,” Reid said. “Well, I can only look at the polls. I’m not campaigning in Kentucky.”

Reid, who has previously participated in fundraising efforts for Grimes, dismissed pollster Charlie Cook’s prediction that Republicans have a 50-50 chance of winning the Senate majority in 2014.

“Well, maybe Cook will be right for once. But I doubt it. I’m not much for — I can remember he and his partner, Rothenberg, came before the election we had with Al Gore and said, there’s no way he can lose that election. Well, they’re wrong quite a bit of time,” he said.

“Oh, I feel pretty good” about Democrats’ chances, he said. “We’d have to lose six seats, and I don’t see that.”


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