Right after election, Harry Reid called McCain and they pledged to work for amnesty
Posted Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 10:27 am
On Sunday, Harry Reid appeared on Meet the Press and revealed that a "day or two" after the election, Reid called John McCain and they pledged to work together on comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty. Reid doesn't know whether McCain has contacted Barack Obama with a similar pledge or not. The transcript is here, excerpt and video below. Note that David Gregory lets the provisions of "reform" pass right by him without noting how deceptive they are.
MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about politics. This is what you told Roll Call two days after the election of Barack Obama. "Reid said he believes the newly elected senators will feel, as he does, that the country voted for moderate--not liberal--policies. ... `I think the country has moved to the center,' Reid said. `I think people want us to get things done.'" Let me test that proposition. On immigration, do you have a deal between the president-elect and Senator McCain for immigration reform?12/29/11 UPDATE: The account with the video that was here (Youtube ID 3oDialM10Dg) was deleted, so I removed the video.
SEN. REID: John McCain--a day or two after the election, I called John. We've served--we came to Washington together in 1982. We've been together in the House and we came to the Senate together. And we talked about the campaign. We had both said things about each other that probably we shouldn't have, but we did. He's my friend. He said, "Harry, I, I want to come back to the Senate. We want to do some good things. I want to work with you."
MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm.
SEN. REID: "We need comprehensive immigration reform." That was a conversation I had with John McCain. Yes, we need comprehensive immigration reform. And what does that mean? It means we have to make sure our borders are protected, our northern and southern borders. We have to do something about the millions of people here who are undocumented. We have to put them on, on a pathway to legalization. Does that mean that they get to the head of the line? Of course not. They'd have penalties and fines and learn English and stay out of trouble. We have to also do something on a guest worker program and we have to do something about the employer sanctions that works. John McCain believes that should happen. I believe that should happen. That's...
MR. GREGORY: And he's discussed it with the president-elect?
SEN. REID: I don't...
MR. GREGORY: McCain has?
SEN. REID: I don't know, but he's discussed it with me.
MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm. You think you've got a deal, a prospect of a deal.
SEN. REID: I have, I have John McCain's word that he's going to work real, real hard on immigration reform.
MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you...
SEN. REID: And I'll, and I'll work with him.