Harry Reid dismisses tea party as short-lived

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El líder de la mayoría demócrata en el Senado, Harry Reid, participa en una rueda de prensa en el Capitolio el martes 30 de noviembre del 2010. Reid anunció el mismo día la intención de buscar una votación de prueba sobre una iniciativa para abrir a decenas de miles de jóvenes indocumentados la posibilidad de regularizar su situación migratoria en Estados Unidos. (Foto AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

El líder de la mayoría demócrata en el Senado, Harry Reid, participa en una rueda de prensa en el Capitolio el martes 30 de noviembre del 2010. Reid anunció el mismo día la intención de buscar una votación de prueba sobre una iniciativa para abrir a decenas de miles de jóvenes indocumentados la posibilidad de regularizar su situación migratoria en Estados Unidos. (Foto AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

— Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is dismissing the tea party as short-lived, saying it will “disappear” once the economy gets better.

The Nevada Democrat prevailed last November in a tough re-election race against tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press“ that’s set to air Sunday, Reid was asked if he believes the tea party will be a lasting political force.

Reid says the tea party movement emerged because of the country’s economic problems. But he says the tea party will no longer exist when the economy improves — and he says the economy is getting better every day.

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