Sporting a bandaged eye, Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidVoters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama Mellman: Are independents really so independent? 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 WarrenPoll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Biden eyes new path for Fed despite Powell pick Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast 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 McConnellRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 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."