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Reid slips casting his historic vote

Dec. 24, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he was lost in the moment Thursday when he briefly voted "no" for the healthcare bill he led through the U.S. Senate.

The exhausted Nevada Democrat changed his vote to "yes" in less than a second but the flub caused senators, both Democrat and Republican, to burst into laughter, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"I spent a very restless night last night trying to figure out how I could show some bipartisanship and I think I was able to accomplish that for a few minutes," Reid told reporters at a news conference following the 60-39 vote.

He later said he was just distracted, the newspaper reported.

"To be honest, I'd like to say I was trying to be funny or create some bipartisanship," Reid said in an interview. "But I was just in dreamland, thinking about where we had come. Some said 'oh bipartisanship or trying to be funny.' It was neither quite frankly. It was just, I am bushed."

He then told the newspaper "I don't mean George Bushed."

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