Reid Says He’s Prepared for 2010

Posted November 24, 2008 at 3:40pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Republicans that they will have an uphill battle in their attempts to topple him in 2010.

“This is not a race like Sen. [Tom] Daschle’s. They say they want to ‘Daschle’ me. Well, understand there were 30 percent of the people in South Dakota who were Democrats,” Reid said in an interview with Gannett News Service.

Reid was referring to former Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) who was ousted in 2004 by now-Sen. John Thune (R).

Republicans are targeting Reid as part of their efforts to end two consecutive losses in election cycles, as well as for the Democrats’ intense campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Conference Vice Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas), who was recently elected by his colleagues to head the GOP campaign committee, said Reid should expect a spirited campaign for his seat, if only because being a leader of his party makes him a target.

“It’s nothing against Sen. Reid. It’s just inherent of the job,” Cornyn said.

Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.), who recently lost his bid for another two-year stint, and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R) have been mentioned has possible contenders for the seat that Reid has held since 1986.

“Nevada is a blue state, a very, very dark blue state now. People know my record, and I’m experienced. I know how to run a campaign and am happy to tell Nevada what I’ve done. My No. 1 obligation is to take care of Nevada,” Reid said.