Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that he will not endorse a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary until after the Nevada caucus.

Reid made the comments in an interview with the Nevada Independent about Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal MORE (I-Vt.) hiring three of Reid's former staff for his presidential campaign.


“All these people working for Bernie, I’m glad,” Reid said. “Bernie is one of my friends. He helped me get Obamacare passed. His vote was crucial. So I think the world of him.”

Faiz Shakir, a senior Reid adviser, is now Sanders's campaign manager.

The Vermont lawmaker is not the only presidential hopeful who employs his former staff to receive praise from Reid.

Reid’s former communications director, Kristen Orthman, is working for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE's (D-Mass.) campaign.

The former Nevada senator praised Warren earlier this month, saying he thinks "the world of her," but did not endorse her.

Reid told the Independent he isn’t bothered by seeing his former staffers on competing campaigns.

“I think it’s good that people recognize talent,” he said.

Reid has also reportedly talked to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots MORE (D-Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats looking to speed through Senate impeachment trial With Senate at stake, Georgia is on all our minds Build trust in vaccines by investing in community workers MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBiden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs Streamlining the process of prior authorization for medical and surgical procedures Top Democrat pushes for tying unemployment insurance to economic conditions MORE (D-Ohio) about potentially running for president.

Klobuchar and Gillibrand have already announced their candidacies.

“There is not a single Democrat that I have seen that’s interested that I wouldn’t do everything I could to help,” Reid said.

“Michael Bloomberg — and I think he could be really good for the party — I think he’s going to be here in the next few days. I just think, I’m glad that a lot of people are running and I’m excited about what it’s going to do to generate attention around the country.”

Bloomberg, the former New York City Mayor, has not yet decided whether or not to pursue the Democratic nomination.