2008 GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson asked Wednesday if Harry Reid's wife should worry for her safety if the majority leader loses his reelection bid in November.

The former Tennessee senator, who now hosts a radio show, riffed off remarks Reid (D-Nev.) made on the Senate floor Monday when he said "Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," after senators voted to move forward on their jobs bill.

Thompson tweeted:

Reid: Jobless men = domestic abuse. Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections? #ftrs #tcot

Reid faces an uphill reelection battle in November and Republicans are salivating at the chance to unseat a majority leader like they did with former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)

Democrats, however, have remained confident that Reid will win. President Barack Obama headlined a private fundraiser for him last week.


Reid spokesperson Regan LaChapelle ripped Thompson for showing insensitivity.

"While Fred Thompson may think he was being funny, it is unfortunate and disappointing that so many on the right would make light of domestic abuse," she said in an e-mail.

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