Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “appear willing to let their bygones be bygones,” as Lieberman is hosting “an eye-opening fundraiser” for Reid in Greenwich on 5/2. Reid “asked Lieberman to do a fundraiser for him,” and “the gesture of goodwill toward Reid, who was quoted earlier this year as saying that Lieberman double-crossed him on health care reform, has thrown” observers “for a loop.”
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CT Dem Chair Nancy DiNardo “had to go back more than a year” to recall the last time she saw Lieberman at a party event. DiNardo: “If they’re friends, he could be helping a friend. I don’t know, though.” Lieberman and Reid did not respond to requests for comment on 4/27 (Vigdor, Connecticut Post, 4/27).
No Rush, We’ve Got All Election Season
Reid said 4/27 that he’s willing to bring up the climate bill ahead of an immigration bill. Reid: “The energy bill is ready. We will move that more quickly than a bill we don’t have. … I don’t have an immigration bill.”
But a “still angry” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “said nothing has changed.” Graham said in an interview, “If you cared about energy and climate and you really were committed to that issue, you would not put immigration on the table knowing it will never pass” (Daly, AP, 4/27).
No Amnesty For Them, No Mercy For Reid
‘06 Sec/State nominee/businessman/ex-UNLV basketball player Danny Tarkanian’s (R) camp is up with a new 60-sec. radio ad “supporting” AZ’s immigration law. Starting 4/28, the ad “will run hourly on conservative talk radio.”
In the ad, Tarkanian says, “Harry Reid says we’re a nation of immigrants — but more importantly, the Constitution states we’re a nation of laws. … Here’s my stand — we must defend the states’ 10th Amendment right to protect their citizens. That’s something that Harry Reid and his Washington friends just don’t understand.”
Tarkanian continues, “to really turn the tide, we must remove the incentives — No more jobs and no more taxpayer-funded education, welfare or health care for illegal immigrants. And that’s the fundamental difference between my plan and Sue Lowden’s. My plan says cut off taxpayer benefits for illegals. Sue Lowden’s plan doesn’t.” And “if we don’t cut off the benefits, we’ll just keep paying the price” (release, 4/27).
“It took around two weeks and a good deal of national ridicule,” but ex-NV GOP Chair Sue Lowden “has fainlly backed off her apparent advocacy” for a “chickens for checkups” barter policy to bring down health care costs. In an interview with a local radio station 4/27, Lowden said she merely made “a casual statement talking about the reality of what’s going on” in NV, and said of Reid’s camp, “They took it way out of context” (Sargent, “The Plum Line,” 4/27).
Lowden said on Alan Stock’s radio show 4/27, “I know that bartering takes place here in Nevada. It takes place throughout the country and that Harry Reid has been attacking me for saying something like that and the truth is it is happening and that’s how out of touch he is” (Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, 4/27).
Lowden spokesperson Crystal Feldman elaborates, “Sue’s comment on bartering was never a policy proposal,” but rather “an insight on how struggling families in Nevada are working to pay for medical care during these tough times” (“The Plum Line,” 4/27).
NE Gov. Dave Heineman (R) sent out a fundraising email for Lowden, writing, “We have an opportunity to help Sue Lowden become the only pro-life woman in the U.S. Senate” (Hotline email, 4/28).
Meanwhile, Susan B. Anthony List “will be spending” $1M to help Lowden defeat Reid, a spokesperson confirmed (Ralston, “Ralston Flash,” 4/27).
Las Vegas Sun’s Coolican compares the candidates’ plans for fixing Wall Street. Reid “has tried to open debate” on Sen. Chris Dodd’s bill, “but so far failed to gain the 60 votes needed.”
‘06 NV-02 candidate/ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) said Wall Street doesn’t need reform. Angle: “Getting back to tried and true supply-side economics affectionately known as Reaganomics will give small business and international confidence in our economy.” Angle did say “she would want to use unspent stimulus money to pay down the federal deficit.”
Wall Street Banker John Chachas (R) has a “detailed white paper” on the matter, and advocates for creating a new “Risk Monitor” to “keep watch on all systemic financial risk.” Chachas “said he would have voted” with GOPers to block debate on the proposed Wall Steet reform bill, so sens. go “back to the table to negotiate for something that’s better for the country.”
Lowden stood by her “laissez faire philosophy,” saying she favors reform, “but not the major reform being proposed by the Democrats. The No. 1 priority should be to protect the taxpayer.” Lowden also “opposes creation of a fund to help failed financial firms meet their commitments.”
Tarkanian also said he would have voted against the Dems’ bill, but he said regulatory reform is “absolutely necessary,” and supports “tougher rules on the trading of derivatives” (4/28).
Save The Date
Jon Ralston confirms an “hour-long” Senate debate will take place 5/18 on his “Face to Face” program. All requested candidates, including Lowden, have confirmed (“Ralston Flash,” 4/27).
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