“They’ve caused me no concern, caused the caucus no concern,” Reid told reporters, referring to his four “presidentials” — Democratic Sens. Joseph Biden (Del.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.), Chris Dodd (Conn.) and Barack Obama (Ill.).
The pressure boiled over on Wednesday, when Dodd’s camp jabbed at Edwards’s new ad, airing in Washington, D.C., and likely expanding to Iowa markets, which urges Democratic lawmakers to send President Bush the same supplemental “again and again” until Bush signs the bill. But Reid pointed out that none of the four presidential hopefuls have missed votes that hurt the caucus, calling the foursome “respectful” and “constructive” in their approach to issues.
Reid was not so congenial toward Edwards.
“I care a great deal about John Edwards,” Reid said, also referencing the North Carolinan’s children and wife, Elizabeth, who is battling recurrent cancer. “But he’s not in the Senate; I am. ... He doesn’t have to cast votes here in the Senate; we do.”