Dec 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Obama: "I wouldn’t have been president" if not for Harry Reid

Then-President Barack Obama (L) and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on August 24, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Then-President Barack Obama and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in Las Vegas in 2015. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama said following the death of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday that he wouldn't be president were it not for the Nevada senator's "encouragement and support."

The big picture: Reid helped Obama reach some of his biggest legislative accomplishments — notably the Affordable Care Act. Obama released a letter Tuesday that he sent to Reid before his death in which he said: "I wouldn't have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination."

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