Vegas Presidential Debate Day: Harry Reid Press Conference

By George Miller

10-13-15, Wynn’s Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada

We will be posting photos and bulletins as time permits, but are real busy at the debate site and will save our deeper stories for later.

Being the ranking Democrat in Nevada, U.S. Senator Harry Reid deserved his own press conference at the debate site- Wynn’s Hotel and Casino in La Vegas. Reid looked still very weakened from what he has said was a losing battle with a piece of exercise equipment at his house. He’s now suing the manufacturer. Reid has lost sight in one eye and will be retiring.

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Sen. Harry Reid pres conference at Wynn’s Hotel, Las Vegas, site of tonight’s first 2016 campaign Democratic Party presidential debate. Photo: Marc Langsam/CitizensJournal.us

After telling us that the debate would focus on the issues and not attacks, he immediately switched to attacks on the Republican Party, calling it “The Party of Incompetence,” and assaulting it on multiple fronts.

In response to a question, he stated that Joe Biden would not be here tonight. To another, he said he is satisfied with only six debates. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, in a roundtable discussion (at a square table) later said that the 18 debates during the 20087 campaign were distracting, wasted resources and kept candidates off the campaign trail too much.

Reid further said that one of tonight’s debaters would be the next President of the United States and the decision will be based on who is the most competent. Integrity was never mentioned specifically. Sorry, Republicans, Joe Biden.

He praised the Senate immigration bill S744, which he said was bipartisan and authored by 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans, but not allowed to pass through the House. He said every Democrat and enough Republicans to pass it would have voted for it, but Speaker John Boehner would not allow it to move to the House floor. Reid further stated that since the Republicans wouldn’t pass it, Obama used his “vested powers” to implement some “reforms.” Those included a vast expansion of DACA, relaxed deportation and border security policies. Evidently Congress and courts disagreed strongly with him about said “vested powers,” since the former first attempted to defund it then sued him and the latter slapped an injunction on it.

When asked whether he thought Biden should run, he responded (approximate words) “I’m the least suitable to advise him on this,” and that “he doesn’t need my advice.” Some people I talked with felt that Reid’s body language was saying “no,” but who can be sure except Reid.

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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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