Harry Reid on John McCain: “I just think he doesn’t have the temperament to be president” — and GOP Senators think that, too

Harry Reid was his usual blunt self talking about John McCain with Nevada reporter Jon Ralston. Reid has worked with John McCain for 26 years, so he speaks with experience. This is why we like Harry Reid. He says it like it is:

“I just think he doesn’t have the temperament to be president,” Reid told Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston during the taping of “Face to Face,” in Denver on Wednesday. The show airs on a Las Vegas, Nev., cable channel.

“I’ve served with the man 26 years,” Reid said. “Do I have the ability to speak with experience about someone who has abused everyone he’s dealt with? Someone who does not have the temperament to be president, who’s wrong on the war, wrong on the economy, wrong on nuclear waste. What am I supposed to do? Walk around talking about what a great guy he is? I don’t believe that. …. “

“There isn’t a Republican serving in the Senate that’s happy he’s the nominee. Now, they’re all supporting him, but I’ll tell you they have told me. I’ve had Republican senators tell me they don’t think they’ll vote for him,” Reid said.

When Ralston asked if Reid thought it would be “dangerous” to let McCain be president, Reid answered: “Well, if you said it, I wouldn’t correct you.”

“Is that right?” Ralston asked. “You really think that?”

“That’s right,” said Reid, who predicted that Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama would carry the battleground state of Nevada by 5 percentage points.

We need more Senators who know McCain to be honest about him. This is exactly the kind of insight the American people need. Exactly.

John McCain is George Bush, but unstable, angry, abusive and dangerous. That’s even worse than Bush.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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