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Harry Reid predicts 2016 showdown between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush

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If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faces off for the presidency against former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., won’t be surprised.

Reid casually made the prediction while discussing the significance of the Senate rules change he intends to implement this week. “Here is what we’re doing,” Reid said yesterday on Meet the Press. “A President, whether it’s President Obama, the new President Clinton, or the new Bush, whoever is president should be able to have the people on their team that they want.”

The full Senate will meet today in a private session to discuss the prospective policy, which “would involve changing Senate rules so that a simple majority of 51 votes would be sufficient to end a filibuster on an executive-branch nominee,” as the Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak explains. “If Reid were to follow through on his threat, he would push through the change without the two-thirds majority customarily used to change the body’s regulations.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., followed Reid on the show. “We have never changed the rules of the Senate by breaking the rules of Senate in order to diminish the voices of individual senators,” he said. “We’ve never done that, and we sure shouldn’t start it now, particularly since every one of the president’s nominees that would be subject to this rule change have been confirmed.”

Reid added Chelsea Clinton to the list of possible presidents this morning, though he referred to her as “the daughter” only.

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