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Sen. Harry Reid snaps at reporter for bringing up 2005 comments against nuclear option

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Do what I say, not what I say?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that his past remarks against changing the Senate rules for confirming presidential appointees was “totally different” than the changes to the rules he would seek in the Senate today.

In 2005, Reid explained that he “would never, ever consider breaking the rules” to change the filibuster rules and in 2008 he stated that he would never employ the “nuclear option” to change the rules – the idea which he considered “a black chapter in the history of the Senate.”

On Monday, Reid explained his case for employing the nuclear option to break the Republican filibuster during a speech at the Center of American Progress.

“Isn’t this being a little hypocritical, by changing the rules now?” asked Jeff Zeleny from ABC News, referring to Reid’s past remarks.

“No, what it is that you don’t understand the right question,” Reid snapped back, insisting that his past remarks were referring to judicial nominees only.

Reid reminded Zeleny that some of President Obama’s government agency nominees had been waiting a long time for confirmation.

“So it’s a totally different world now we live in,” Reid said. “Of course I wasn’t the leader at that time, but anyway that’s what I said, here is how I feel now. Different situation.”  

 

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