On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) laughed at his Republican counterpart’s attempt to link the improving economy to the GOP takeover of the Senate.
Calling into KNPR radio, Reid told the host it was a “gross understatement” that he disagrees with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“They [Republicans] have worked for six years to do what they said they’d do — that is, make sure [President] Obama was not reelected. They failed there. The next thing they said they’d do … is oppose everything he did,” he said.
McConnell said on Wednesday that “the uptick [in economic data] appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”
The Democratic leader said “we’re satisfied” with economic improvements, but he argued that Republicans “have done things that have hurt the economy.”
“If they had cooperated with us even a little bit the economy would be stronger than it is now,” he said. “Think where the economy would be if we didn’t have a program like Cash For Clunkers … and what about the bailout of Detroit? Our auto industry was going down, down, down. … The Republicans opposed all those measures, every one of them.”