Harry Reid Calls Romney’s Talk Of Bipartisanship “Laughable”

Top Senate Democrat dismisses Romney argument he’ll bring cooperation back to Washington.

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WASHINGTON, DC — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid threw cold water on Mitt Romney’s closing argument Friday, dismissing his repeated insistence that he would be able to work with Democrats in Congress to pursue his legislative agenda as “fantasy.”

Over the last several weeks, Romney has made his claim to the mantle of bipartisanship a central part of his stump speeches, repeatedly arguing that he can “reach across the aisle” and will meet with Democrats to plot a path forward for the nation.

But his lofty rhetoric aside, the reality is bipartisanship is unlikely to flower in Washington next year no matter who wins — a fact Reid underscored in his statement.

“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Reid said.

“Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he lacks the courage to stand up to the Tea Party, kowtowing to their demands time and again. There is nothing in Mitt Romney’s record to suggest he would act any differently as president,” Reid added, warning that, “Senate Democrats are committed to defending the middle class, and we will do everything in our power to defend them against Mitt Romney’s Tea Party agenda.”

Reid has become something of a Tormentor in Chief of Romney, hammering the Republican presidential candidate over his tax returns and his faith, among other issues.

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