Reid Not Passing Reins to Clinton

Nevadan 'very comfortable' as Senate's top Democrat, thank you very much
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 4:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Harry Reid brushed aside yesterday suggestions Hillary Clinton, fresh from a primary defeat to Barack Obama, might ascend to the top Senate job. “Keep in mind,” he told the Huffington Post, “a senator coming back who’s run for president is not a very unique one. Sen. John Kerry ran, he’s back. Chris Dodd ran, he’s back. Joe Biden ran, he’s back.”

Reid first struck a conciliatory about his service as majority leader: “I do this job the best I can, with the full support of my senators. I feel very comfortable with where I’ve gotten.” He did, though, imply that the former first lady's current responsibilities were nothing to sneeze at: “Sen. Clinton has some very fine committee assignments.”