In the upcoming issue of the New York Times Magazine, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is quoted saying last month to colleagues; “He double-crossed me. Let’s not do what he wants. Let the bill just go down.” after learning that Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was on TV saying that he opposed a Medicare Buy-In provision in the Senate health care Bill.
But Senator Reid eventually capitulated to Senator Lieberman on the Medicare buy-in and pulled it from the Bill because Senator Lieberman had the power as the 60th vote since every republican said they were going to obstruct everything and always vote no.
Senator’s Reid and Lieberman both issued statements through their office today in response to the up coming magazine story:
“Senator Lieberman and I have a very open and honest working relationship. On issues ranging from foreign policy to health care, even when we disagree, he has always been straight forward with me.”
“I appreciate Senator Reid’s statement in response to the comments attributed to him in the New York Times Magazine. As Senator Reid indicated in his statement, he believes, as do I, that we have always been honest with each other and any suggestion otherwise is simply false and contrary to the truth.”
Senator Reid said on November 18, 2008; “The question is, do I trust Senator Lieberman? The answer is, yes, I trust Senator Lieberman…. We’re looking forward, we’re not looking back. We’re not looking back at the 95 filibusters that were conducted, those are something that took place in the past. We’re looking forward to the future, a future that we believe sets a new tone for America.”
Behind closed doors we now know that Senator Reid has found those words to come back and bite him.