Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid thanked Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday for his medical advice about the ongoing recovery from the New Year's Day accident that caused serious eye damage.
The public expression of gratitude came on the Senate floor with the Kentucky Republican and prospective presidential candidate presiding over the chamber. Reid, D-Nev., recalled for those watching the well-documented New Year's Day exercise accident that led to significant facial and eye injuries.
Reid has worn sunglasses frequently in the Capitol since the accident.
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"During this period of time, the presiding officer, who by the way is a medical doctor, an ophthalmologist, has been so kind and thoughtful and considerate in visiting with me, giving me encouragement and some expert advice as to what he's seen in the past," Reid said. "I want the people of Kentucky to know ... how thoughtful and considerate and kind you've been to me."
At his first news conference after the New Year's Day injury, Reid was asked if he had spoken with Paul about the eye injury, but he didn't say one way or the other if he had consulted with the Kentuckian.
While Reid and Paul have predictably disparate views on most subjects, the two senators have worked together on legislation that would restore federal voting rights for some felony offenders after they have served their sentences. Paul has made frequent reference to that legislation as part of his push on criminal justice, as well as in response to queries about voting rights.
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