Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration Democrats brace for tough election year in Nevada The Memo: Biden's horizon is clouded by doubt MORE (D-Nev.) ripped Republicans on Friday for having "irresponsibly mischaracterized" his remarks on February's jobs numbers.
Reid took to the Senate floor Friday afternoon to characterize remarks he made this morning in which he appeared to celebrate last month's jobs numbers as "really good" news.
The U.S. economy shed 36,000 jobs in February, which held the unemployment rate steady. Reid misspoke in his original remarks, which were roundly criticized by conservatives, as saying that only 36,000 jobs were lost today -- not in an entire month.
And while the majority leader said that February's job losses were "undeniably devastating," Reid argued that job losses were much less than they could have been had Democrats not acted with their stimulus measures over the past year.
But Reid also lashed out at Republicans who've opposed many of those policies, accusing them of rooting for the economy's failure for their own political game.
"And I warn them, once again, that this country has no place and no patience for those who root for failure," Reid said to the GOP.