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The seven best quotes from Harry Reid’s POLITICO interview

“I’m sure there are more people capable than I, better looking than me, better educated than me, smarter than me. But I’ve got the job,” Sen. Harry Reid said. | John Shinkle/POLITICO

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has led the Senate Democrats’ for a dozen years, through battles with President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitch McConnell to a new health care law and the Senate’s passage of immigration reform. But at the end of the year, he’s retiring from the Senate after 30 years.

POLITICO sat down with Reid on Wednesday, one day before the Senate will pay tribute to him and Hillary Clinton will speak at a celebration of his career.

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Here’s Reid’s thoughts on seven key topics, lightly edited for clarity:

On the five Senate Democrats up for reelection in states Trump won overwhelmingly:

“Frankly, I’m not going to be in the trenches with them but I’m not too worried about them, those five.”

On his 2013 controversial decision to gut the filibuster on nominations:

[The rules are] “going to erode, it’s just a question of when. There’s no question about that. You can’t have a democracy decided by 60 out of 100 and that’s why changing the rules is one of the best things that has happened to America in a long time. It’s good for us, it’s good for [Republicans].”

On the continued erosion of the filibuster:

“It probably won’t happen this Congress. But it’s gonna come. We cannot have a Congress that doesn’t work anymore.”

On his relationship with Mitch McConnell and the Republicans:

“Mitch McConnell said I would go down as one of the worst majority leaders, the worst majority leader ever. Why did he say that? Because he had just lost. I changed the rules. He couldn’t stop [it], he wanted to stop [it]. That was everything. I understand why he reacted that way, I have no ill will toward him. He was mad. He got his rear end kicked.”

On how he will be remembered:

“I’m sure there are more people capable than I, better looking than me, better educated than me, smarter than me. But I’ve got the job. And I try to do the best I can … I’m the one that has to do it. So I have done the best I can.”

On whether he thinks someone like him would have trouble getting elected today:

“I don’t have to worry about what I said in a different place. I’ve always said the same thing. Now does that mean I’ve never changed? I’ve changed, I’ve evolved over the years, a lot of different ways. And so I think somebody like me could get elected in Nevada.”

On his criticisms of POLITICO:

“Your writing was so bad it was easy.”

Source: POLITICO – TOP Stories

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