Harry Reid Responds to Backlash Over Remarks About Kids With Cancer

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got in some hot water over responding to a question about funding the NIH to help just one child with cancer with the question, “Why would we want to do that?” On Bill Press‘ radio show, Reid defended himself from the criticism and turned the tables on the GOP.

Reid explained he meant to say was, “Why would we want to have the House of Representatives, John Boehner cherry-pick what stays open and what to be––what should be closed?”

He insisted he does care about helping children with cancer, but also cares about agencies like the CDC as well, and they should be funded too.

“We can’t fall into the trap, and here is the trap of the Cruz-led Republicans, and that is this: ‘Listen, we’ll cherry-pick, we’ll open this today and this tomorrow, and finally at the end, everything will be open except the money to finish Obamacare.'”

He also tweeted out a message scolding Republicans for trying to distort his message.

Listen to the audio below, via The Bill Press Show:

[h/t Evan McMorris-Santoro]

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