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Reid Kicks Back At Cheney's Comments In Politico

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid could barely stifle his laugh this afternoon when he was asked about Vice President Dick Cheney's comments criticizing fellow Democrats John P. Murtha and John Dingell.

Cheney, in an interview with Politico, said Murtha (Pa.) and Dingell (Mich.), two of the most powerful House Democrats, "march to the tune of Nancy Pelosi," adding that "they are not carrying the big sticks I would have expected." 

Reid (D-Nev.) said "Dingell and Murtha still carry very big sticks. If they've lost any pizzazz, I haven't seen it."

"We have fought with Dingell for weeks" over gas mileage standards in an energy bill, Reid said.

And he added that Murtha "is the person who changed the debate on Iraq."