Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks at a news conference about the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" bill during an unusual Saturday session on Capitol Hill in Washington Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Repeal of the bill would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the military. Reid said a final vote would come at 3 p.m. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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.