Reid Says He’ll Run Again In 2016: ‘Sure, Why Not?’

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was asked Wednesday whether he’ll seek re-election in 2016, he answered casually but in the affirmative.

“Sure, why not?” Reid told reporters at the Nevada legislature in Carson City, Nev. If re-elected, Reid will be 77 at the start of his next term. 

But Reid, who survived a difficult challenge in the Republican-dominated midterms of 2010 against tea party favorite Sharron Angle, opted against commenting on whether his opponent will be popular Gov. Briand Sandoval (R-NV). 

From the Reno Gazette-Journal’s account of the exchange:

When asked if he thought Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would run against him, Reid said, “Oh, I don’t know.”

When asked if he could beat Sandoval, Reid said, “Hey, I don’t get involved in fights I don’t have to.”

When reminded that he was a boxer in his youth, Reid replied, “But I’m not stupid.”

Reid praised the work Sandoval is doing as the governor, especially his stance he took with Medicaid.

“I like Brian Sandoval,” Reid said. “I think he is trying to do the right thing.”




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