Sen. Coburn Plans to Meet With Harry Reid After Profanity

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Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 03:31 PM

By Dan Weil

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Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are planning a clear-the-air meeting after the two lobbed insults at each other over their respective effectiveness in the upper chamber of Congress.

It all started when Oklahoman Coburn called Reid "an absolute a—hole" during a meeting with Young Republicans in New York. He said he had "great relationships" with some Democrats, particularly naming the Empire State's Rep. Chuck Schumer, but had no "comity" with Reid.

The Nevada Democrat fired back.

"Nothing says 'comity' like childish playground name-calling, especially from a senator who has not sponsored a single piece of successful bipartisan legislation during his entire Senate career," he said in a statement issued by spokesman Adam Jentleson.

But Coburn wasn't done, saying Reid has "done more damage to the Senate than any majority leader," The Hill reports.

Now, though, Coburn appears to be ready to bury the hatchet, saying he will not discuss what goes on in the private meeting between the two men. He declined to specify when the meeting will occur.

Last year the two senators — who between them have almost half a century in Washington — got into a spat, with Coburn having to apologize after calling Reid "incompetent."

In May, Coburn told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he had no problems with Reid on a personal level.

"Harry Reid is a nice guy," he said. "I like him. But I think he has been a failure as a majority leader for the Senate."

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