Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, the Nevada senator said, “I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary,” adding, “I also think she’s the woman to be the first president of the United States that’s a female.”
Reid’s nod of approval comes following her Saturday victory in his home state, where she defeated Democrat rival Sen. Bernie Sanders 53 percent to 47 percent. Clinton is also looking strong against Sanders going into the South Carolina primary this Saturday, where the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls has her running 24 points ahead of her socialist contender.
The minority leader called Sanders prior to announcing his endorsement of Clinton. “It was a really wonderful call,” said Reid, adding that Sanders was “so magnanimous, so kind and courteous.”
Reid heaped also high praise on Clinton. “I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe. She was the first lady. She started the trend toward looking to do something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was at the front on the health care during that administration,” he said.
The Nevadan would not predict if, or when, Clinton might secure the nomination. “I don’t know about that, you know I had some meetings today and I think the race is moving along very quickly so we’ll have to see, we’ll have to see what happens next month,” he said.
As for Donald Trump’s decisive victory in his state on Tuesday night, Reid said, “The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump. And that says it all.”
As reported by Western Journalism, Reid had kind words to say about Trump last month noting the GOP candidate held some fundraisers for him in the past. “Look we’ve gotten along fine, that was before he was running for president,” he said. “With that bunch of people running, I am kind of pulling for him.”
Later he clarified to the press, “All you folks should understand that I was just trying to be funny with Donald Trump, and obviously wasn’t too funny.”
Perhaps after receiving some negative feedback from those in his party, Reid took to the senate floor a short time later to state that “Donald Trump has proven over and over again that he is a hateful demagogue, who would do immeasurable damage to our country, if elected.”