Last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with White House officials and associates, including former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Senator Ken Salazar. That’s an interesting duo. Daschle has worked for high-powered lobbying firms over the years, and Salazar, though a former senator, hasn’t really been distinguished by his health care expertise or influence. But he is currently the Secretary of the Interior.
At a press conference today, I asked Reid what role the two men are playing in the negotiations.
“I’ve served with a lot of Senators,” Reid said. “There are none who have more quality than those two men. And as you know, Senator Daschle was the lead person in the Senate for getting the Clinton health care bill through. He is an expert in health care. Senator Salazar is an expert at getting along with people.”
So there you have it…