Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston Friday that there have been times in the past year and a half when he wished President Obama were more confrontational with Republicans.
“I think that he is on many occasions — I shouldn’t say on many occasions, on a few occasions — I think he should have been more firm with those on the other side of the aisle,” said Reid. “He is a person who doesn’t like confrontation. He’s a peacemaker. And sometimes I think you have to be a little more forceful. And sometimes I don’t think he is enough with the Republicans.”
Reid cited health care legislation as an example.
“And I think much of that early on scrimmaging was done in the Senate itself, and the White House didn’t come in until later. Now, we came up with a great product, and I’m sure he can look back and say, ‘I was right,’ but boy for me down in the trenches, I know it was a time when I wanted a few folks in the White House behind me.”
When Ralston pushed on whether the Senate Majority Leader was suggesting the president wasn’t strong enough, Reid clarified.
“He’s a very strong man. He’s calm, he’s cool, he’s deliberate,” Reid responded. “But as I just said, I think sometimes he, I would like him to be more confrontational. He isn’t, that’s who he is. My saying this isn’t gonna make him that way. I know who he is, and I understand him.”