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Harry Reid's backhanded compliment to Jeb Bush slams Bush's brother

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Even when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tries to be nice, sometimes it still comes out sounding a little harsh.

Reid spoke on the Senate floor Monday, and tried his hand at complimenting expected GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush for saying last week that he supports giving Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch a vote in the Senate. But Reid couldn't finish the sentence before it turned into another criticism of Bush's brother, former President George W. Bush.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tried to compliment Jeb Bush on Monday, but ended up slamming Bush's brother, the former president. Image: AP

"No wonder Jeb Bush stood up for Lynch in New Hampshire," Reid said. "Bush didn't just show grace in doing that, he also showed more common sense than his brother showed in eight years as president of the United States."

Reid has not hidden his feelings for the former president. In the last few years, Reid has called Bush a "loser" and a "liar."

Reid also said he agreed with Obama that it's "embarrassing" that the Senate hasn't confirmed Lynch yet, although the Senate is expected to hold a vote on her sometime this week.

Reid said the GOP's decision to delay Lynch shows they are "obsessed" with punishing President Barack Obama as much as possible.

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