Quotes of the Day: Senate Edition

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From Harold Ford, who recently moved from Tennessee to New York and is running for the Senate:

Q. Have you been to Staten Island?

A. I landed there in the helicopter, so I can say yes.

And from Harry Reid, on whether it was a good idea to negotiate over healthcare reform with Olympia Snowe:

As I look back it was a waste of time dealing with her, because she had no intention of ever working anything out.

For the record, I once stepped off the Staten Island Ferry and walked around for a few minutes before taking the next ferry back, and a couple of years ago I spent several hours crossing Interstate 278 in a massive traffic jam on my way to JFK. So I’ve been to Staten Island too. And I don’t think Olympia Snowe was ever very serious about healthcare reform either — at least, not based on the lame excuse she gave for not supporting the final Senate bill even after it was redrafted to her liking.

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