Harry Reid Calls LGBT 'LBJ': 'What Are the Letters?'

By Susan Jones | October 28, 2015 | 7:48am EDT
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - At a Capitol Hill news conference on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it's time for the country "to look forward, not backwards" on issues of concern to LBJs. He was talking about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trangenders.

"And I'm satisfied that we've made a lot of progress with issues relating to LBJ (sic) -- lesbian, gay -- anyway. What are the letters?" Reid asked.

Sen. Patty Murray  (D-Wash.) said something, but Reid didn't hear her. "What is it?" he asked again.

"LGBT," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) chimed in.

"Well, just what I was going to say," Reid replied. "I--"

"We've made progress with LBJ also," Schumer joked, referring to President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

"That play was terrific," Reid congratulated Schumer. "But anyway, the point is this. We've made a lot of progress, but we need to look forward. And is there more progress we're going to need? Of course there is. But I'm not going to re-argue what went on years ago. I think we should look at where we are now and how far we need to go in the future."

"One more question," Reid told reporters.

A reporter asked Reid about his meeting earlier Tuesday with House Speaker Boehner.

"I met with him, but--" Reid started to respond.

"Plus LBJ," Schumer interrupted.

"And BLT," Murray added.

That ended the news conference.

Reid announced in March that he will not run for re-election to a sixth term. His current term expires in January.

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