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Reid Not Sure If Boxing Blows to the Head Were Good for Him

CNBC's John Harwood gets the award for today's quote of the day from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Speaking about his early life as a boxer, the Nevada Democrat questioned the wisdom of taking the punches he did, though he said he was good at the sport. "I fought for two years. It gave me confidence, that's why I did it," he said. "I'm glad I quit." "Boxing is a very, very difficult sport," Reid said in the interview, which was recorded in Nevada. "As a young man, I'm not too sure all those blows I took to the head did me much good." Harwood asked Reid about calls through the years to eliminate boxing given the safety considerations, but Reid was dismissive of that idea, saying football is a greater risk. "We've been through that before. I would ban football before I would ban boxing. I think that's much more dangerous than boxing," Reid said. The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.