Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) fired back Saturday at GOP challenger Sharron Angle for saying during their debate earlier this month that he should "man up."
"This is what her and her kind all around this country are using, this
is part of the talking points of the right-wing Republicans," Reid said in a CNN interview.
"But, you know, that's one thing I've never had to prove, whether it was in the street or the ring or in the Senate," the onetime boxer said. "My manhood has never been in question."
Reid said Angle was "desperate" in the final days of the campaign, including by airing an ad hitting at Reid for his D.C. condominium.
He also brushed off the assertion that a campaign stop by first lady Michelle Obama the day before the election indicates his campaign is in "deep trouble."
"I don't think they think I'm in deep trouble. They know where the numbers are just like I do," Reid said, noting Angle brought in "outsiders" such as Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Newt Gingrich to help her campaign.
"This is what campaigns are all about," Reid said. "People coming in from the outside draw crowds, and that helps your base. And so I'm happy that my friends are willing to come here for me."