Reid on Obama and Clinton: ‘I Need Them Back’

By Nitya

Jan 31, 2008 11:41am

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Senate Democrats held a special meeting Thursday to decide on two bills both with a deadline of February 15. In between now and then…is Super Tuesday.

No final decisions on either the FISA update bill or the economic stimulus package were reached, but afterwards on the Senate floor Majority Leader Harry Reid implied there won’t be action on either item till next week. Not only does he need to woo Republican support to get the 60 votes needed to pass versions the Democrats prefer on both matters, but he needs to marshal his troops. Specifically, those conspicuously absent from the Senate with a case of ’08.

"I probably can’t get them back here ’til Monday, but I do need them back," Reid said of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the two Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination. Other Democrats, notably Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, hit the campaign trail as a surrogate for Obama.

He said the FISA update would take one "long legislative day" but could be accomplished.

He was even more cryptic about the stimulus.

Since there are two full weeks between now and Feb. 15th, it’s unclear why Reid would hold the votes before the February 5 Super Tuesday primary.

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