WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada want the world to know that there's nothing wrong with their relationship.
They took to the Senate floor to say so Thursday after a Politico story claimed that the men, known for frosty relations, had hit a "new low" after a dispute over money for 9/11 first responders.
Reid stood up first, holding a copy of Politico and declaring himself "troubled."
"I just want the record to reflect that the Reid-McConnell relationship hasn't hit a new low," Reid said. He recounted that McConnell and McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, had been there for him after his own wife had a car accident and then struggled with cancer, and after Reid blinded himself in one eye in an exercise accident this year.
"People can write all these things they want to write," Reid said. "But Mitch McConnell and I are friends."
McConnell joined Reid on the floor to second his remarks.
Noting their shared interest in discussing Washington Nationals baseball, McConnell went on to say to Reid: "I share your frustration over an article like that because I think there is a tendency that you can't have political arguments without developing personal animosity. And I don't have any toward my friend."