Reid Predicts Nomination Will Be Decided Before Convention

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the Democratic presidential nomination will be decided before the August convention.

“It will be done,” Reid said of the ongoing nomination battle in an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal last week.

As the intense fight between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) heads into the spring, some party insiders are nervous the protracted battle will help Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Reid, however, did not seem alarmed.

“I had a conversation with [Democratic National Committee Chairman] Governor [Howard] Dean today,” Reid told the paper. “Things are being done.”

He did not elaborate as to what those “things” were.

A superdelegate himself, Reid has not endorsed either candidate.

Reid also told the paper he does not think Michigan and Florida will hold new primaries. Reid did predict that the delegates from the two states will be seated at the convention. However, he did not say how that would be accomplished.

"Michigan and Florida delegates are going to be seated. They're going to be a part of the convention," Reid told the paper.

In a separate interview, Reid told the Associated Press that the two Democratic candidates are "basically the same" on the major issues so that any wounds the two inflict on each other will heal well before the general election.

Despite the barbs currently being traded by the Clinton and Obama camps, Reid told the AP that this year's primary contest has been "one of the most sensationally positive campaigns in the history of our country" for both parties.