“I mean look at some of the other people,” Reid said.
While not exactly a ringing endorsement, Reid’s backing won’t likely help Ryan bridge internal GOP rifts with factions that have favored a rather confrontational approach with Democrats and the Obama administration.
Reid has not been one to mince words when opining about members of the House GOP in recent years. He has referred to tea party members as everything “extreme” to “anarchists.” Politically, they aren’t exactly fans of Reid’s either.
Even as he endorsed Ryan, Reid had more to say that was bad than good.
“I don’t agree with him on much of what he does,” Reid said. “I think what he’s done with Medicare and Medicaid, what he’s wanted to do, I disagree with.”
When one reporter pointed out that Reid’s endorsement wouldn’t likely help Ryan any, he responded: “You speak the truth.”
But Reid also didn’t seem that perturbed by the idea his endorsement might complicate Ryan’s path to the House’s top spot.
“I simply said, of all those people, I hope he gets it,” Reid said. “If it helps him, fine; if it doesn’t, that’s too bad.”