Coburn: Reid 'probably wouldn't survive' road trip with me

Greg Nash

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) "probably wouldn’t survive” a long road trip with him. 

Coburn has had high-profile spats with both Reid and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the past. But when asked, he said he would much rather take a long trip with Cruz. 

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“Ted Cruz by far. Ted is a good guy,” he said during an interview with The New York Times magazine.  

When asked about Reid, Coburn said: “He probably wouldn’t survive it. I would bore him to death.”

Reid and Coburn have had a number of dustups in the past, most recently when Coburn called Reid an “a--hole” at a private fundraiser in New York last October. 

Coburn was critical of Cruz over his tactics last year to tie government funding to the defunding of ObamaCare, which ultimately led to the government shutdown. 

Coburn, who is retiring early at the end of the year, has been battling prostate cancer. He said he is not yet cured, “but I’m on my way to marked improvement.”

“And they may potentially have a cure. But I’ve got five or 10 years in front of me even if they don’t cure it,” he said. 

Coburn said there is no way he would stay in Washington after retirement, comparing the city to Las Vegas. 

“Las Vegas takes advantage of every weakness that we have,” he said. “That’s what power in Washington does. Power is a tool. And how you use it is a discerning attribute of your character.”

He said his “big beef” with the President Obama is his failure to bring people together. Obama has surrounded himself with too many people that think just like he does, Coburn said. 

When asked if he ever followed the same advice, he said: “I had some Democrats, but they died.”