Nightly News   |  July 11, 2013

Reid vs. McConnell: Senate leaders clash

On Thursday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid engaged in a passionate debate with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the delay in confirming some of President Obama’s top-level nominees. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> today in washington, two of the most powerful men in american politics , majority leader and minority leader of the u.s. senate , harry reid and mitch mcconnell , went at each other in the senate chamber. their remarks were couched in the gooey and formal parlance of the senate, each calling each other my friend while attacking each other, the exchange by these two men who bear the full share of the blame of how cancer rouse and politicized washington has become is a lesson in what goes on in the u.s. signal light. a -- u.s. senate . here is what happened today.

>> this is really a sad, sad day for the united states senate . and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader is going to be remembered as the worse leader of the senate ever.

>> i don't want him to feel sorry for a senator, certainly not for me. i had continue to try to speak in a tone that's appropriate. name calling -- i guess he follows -- i hope not, the demagoguic theory that the more you say something false, people start believing it.

>> democrats haven't decided whether they will do this. just debating it for now both men will be on "meet the press" this sup morninday morning.