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Reid praises Paul's 'convictions' and 'bladder' during filibuster

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"I have been involved in a few filibusters, as Rand Paul did yesterday," Reid said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "And what I have learned from my experiences in talking filibusters is this: to succeed, you need strong convictions but also a strong bladder. It's obvious Senator Paul has both." 

Reid's comments came a day after Paul filibustered John Brennan's nomination to lead the CIA for more than 12 hours.

The Senate majority leader said he’s still hopeful that he can reach an agreement with Republicans to hold the vote Thursday, but warned he'd keep the Senate in town if necessary to get to a final up-or-down vote.

Reid frequently warns the Senate of possible Saturday votes, but rarely follows through.

Read more on Reid's warning for a Saturday vote on The Hill's DEFCON blog.