Reid: ‘Mitch McConnell and I Are Friends’

Reid, left, and McConnell reaffirmed their friendship on the Senate floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Reid, left, and McConnell reaffirmed their friendship on the Senate floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted December 17, 2015 at 5:15pm

The Senate’s top two leaders took to the floor Thursday morning to affirm their friendship.  

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., gave his opening speech on the Senate floor on the year-end spending and tax package, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., sought to clear the air after Politico reported that the relationship between the two leaders had reached a “new low.”  

“I really brush aside most press. I don’t let it bother me. But once in a while something comes along that does,” Reid said as he took out a copy of the newspaper. “And there was an article in one of the Hill newspapers this day that really troubled me.”  

“Mitch McConnell and I are friends,” Reid said.  

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McConnell responded, telling Reid, “I share your frustration, I would say to my friend, over an article like that. Because I think there’s a tendency to think that you can’t have political arguments without developing personal animosity. And I don’t have any toward my friend.”  

Although the pair insisted they get along, the McConnell and Reid feud over Senate proceedings has been well-documented, with their conflict at times spilling over onto the Senate floor .