The U.S. Senate's leading Democrat found himself in embarrassingly hot water Wednesday, after dismissing the idea of funding children's cancer research through the government shutdown.
'If you can help one child, why won't you do it?' asked CNN reporter Dana Bash.
'Why, why, why would we want to do that?' countered Reid.
'I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force Base that are sitting home' because of government employee furloughs, he told Bash and a roomful of other journalists. 'They have – they have a few problems of their own.'
'This is – to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing maybe means you're as irresponsible and reckless.'
The CNN correspondent had challenged Senate Democrats' earlier lament that clinical trials for pediatric cancer therapies were among government services cut off Monday at midnight.