Just 10 percent of the country approves of the job that Congress is doing—and the most powerful member of the Senate is apparently not one of them.
“I think Congress looks bad,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think the obstructionism we’ve had over the last two congresses, but especially this one, has turned the American people.”
Reid was responding to polling numbers cited by host Candy Crowley that said 10 percent of those polled approved of the job Congress was doing and 82 percent disapproved.
But Reid said he sees brighter days ahead, and believes Democrats will hold onto the Senate through the 2012 elections. “I feel very comfortable about where we are going to wind up,” he said.
Reid said he felt good because Democrats have “had some good fortune,” in places like Massachusetts, Maine and Nebraska.
That former Sen. Bob Kerrey would enter the race in Nebraska was welcome news for Reid, but he swears he didn’t offer any sweeteners to get him to run.
“Anyone who knows Bob Kerrey knows you don’t have to make a deal with Bob Kerrey,” Reid said. “He’s running because he wants to run. He loved the Senate.”