Reid Throws His Weight Behind Dean Superdelegate Plan

Posted April 1, 2008 at 2:44pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday threw his weight behind a plan to have superdelegates in the Democratic presidential primary make their votes public by July 1.

“I like that — July 1 or before,” Reid said of a plan floated last week by Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean for superdelegates to show their hands sometime between the end of primary season on June 3 and July 1.

Asked what he was going to do to encourage such a plan, Reid told Roll Call, “I just did it.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was less committal, saying that she hopes the contest may be resolved by the time the presidential primaries conclude on June 3.

“I would hope there would be a resolution of this contest before July,” Pelosi stated.

Asked if she would support setting a cutoff date if the race is not resolved by then, she said, “No, I think it will work its course” on its own.