Sporting a bandaged eye, Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein The Memo: Biden stays slow and steady in face of criticism MORE (D-Nev.) in a video message posted Tuesday spoke for the first time about the exercise accident in his home.

Reid, 75, missed the opening day of the new Congress after breaking bones in his face and three ribs in a fall on New Year's Day. The Democratic leader said the injuries are worse than anything he suffered during his famous boxing career.


"As most people know, I fought for a couple of years," he said. "After any one those fights, I never looked like I do now. However, I didn’t get this black eye by sparring with Manny, by challenging Floyd Mayweather, I didn’t go bull riding, I wasn’t riding a motorcycle — I was exercising in my new home."

Reid taped the video after meeting with the Democratic leadership team, and emphasized how the party will be focused on income inequality and the middle class as it adapts to life in the Senate minority.

"We understand the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, the middle class is being squeezed literally out of existence and we’re going to do everything we can to fulfill the expectations the middle class has that we will continue to fight for them," Reid said. 

Democrats' focus on income inequality was highlighted with the appointment of liberal champion Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Democratic senators unveil bill to ban discrimination in financial services industry Obama endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race MORE (D-Mass.) into a leadership role after November's losses for Democrats. 

Reid said he had a policy presentation for the new Congress ready to go, but his doctors advised him to stay home. Speaking of Congress, Reid said he had "homesickness."

New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE (R-Ky.) wished Reid a speedy recovery in his opening remarks on Tuesday.

"Senator Reid is a former boxer," McConnell said. "He’s tough. I know he’ll be back in fighting form soon enough."