Sen. Reid Calls for Compromise; Rep. Cantor Sees ‘Second Chance’ for Republicans

November 3, 2010 - 10:39 AM

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., at an election night party in Las Vegas after defeating Sharron Angle on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., at an election night party in Las Vegas after defeating Sharron Angle on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says lawmakers of both parties need to start working together now that Republicans have reduced the Democrats' dominance in the chamber.

Reid said on NBC's "Today" show that he planned to speak Wednesday with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on ways to "build a consensus and move this country along."

Senate Democrats lost at least six seats on Election Day, but narrowly held their majority. Reid himself survived an aggressive challenge from tea party favorite Sharron Angle to win re-election.

The Nevada Democrat said he has a "good relationship" with McConnell, but he asked the Republicans to be more open to compromise, telling ABC's "Good Morning America" that "just saying no doesn't do the trick."

'Second chance'

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor says the GOP's takeover of the House gives the party "a second chance, a golden opportunity" to prove itself to skeptical voters.

The Virginia congressman tells CBS's "The Early Show" that Tuesday's elections showed that the American people "want a government that listens to them again."

Cantor reiterated that Republicans would like to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law, but said fixing the country's economic problems must be the top priority.

He acknowledged that this year's electoral results were more likely a rejection of the Obama administration agenda than an embrace of GOP policies. Cantor said, "There isn't a lot of confidence focused on Republicans yet."