Reid to Romney: Hold the Talk of Bipartisanship

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, in Washington.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has touted his ability to work with the Democratic-controlled legislature when he was governor of Massachusetts, arguing that he will also be able to bridge the partisan divide in Washington.

Not so fast, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who will either remain in charge of the chamber after the Nov. 6 election or control enough votes to successfully block any Republican efforts to pass legislation.

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said in a statement. “In fact, Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda has already been rejected in the Senate. In the past few months, we have voted down many of the major policies that Mitt Romney has run on.”

In an opinion piece for CNN, Romney wrote,  “As governor of a state that was overwhelmingly Democratic, I was always ready to reach across the aisle and I can proudly point to the results. I’ve learned that when we come together to solve problems in a practical spirit, we can accomplish miracles.”

Reid said Romney shows no interest in working with Democrats then or now.

Romney “had a terrible relationship with Democrats, cordoning himself off behind a velvet rope instead of reaching out to build relationships,” Reid said. “And in the near-decade that Mitt Romney has spent running for president, both his words and his actions have shown that pleasing the far right is more important to him than working across the aisle.”

Then again, Reid hasn’t yet risen to the level of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, who once said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. ”

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