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Senator Reid Discusses Politics & Paychecks in Reno

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In 2016, Nevada Senator Harry Reid will be 76 years old. But the senator told me that year, he's going to stay in the game.

"You are going to run for another term as senator?" asks John Potter.

"That's true."

If he wins, his influence in Nevada politics will continue, as a powerbroker and kingmaker for the state's Democratic ticket. Reid told me he met with Assemblywoman Lucy Flores of Las Vegas Wednesday morning to run for lieutenant governor.

As for governor... "Governor (Brian) Sandoval will have an opponent."

"So you know who that is going to be?"

"Yes."

"And who is that person going to be?" Potter asks.

"I think it's important for that person to make the announcement themselves."

"Why won't you tell us?"

"Because it would be unfair to the person that is planning on running. She should..."

"She....?" Potter responds.

That would be a two-female candidacy for governor and lieutenant governor.

And an issue important to Nevada has resurfaced - raising the minimum wage. Nevada's is pegged at $1 over the federal rate for workers who don't get employer health benefits. The president is proposing a move to $10.10 an hour, which would make it $11.10 in the Silver State. Critics say that's too high, Reid says the current rate is too low.

"If you work 40 hard hours a week, you should not be in poverty - that's what you are in America. That's what you are in America. That's wrong and we need to change that."

"I'm thinking of a business that doesn't have a big profit margin, having to come up with another thousand dollars or so a month to pay this higher $11.10 an hour. You don't think they'd have to trim their workforce?"

Reid answers, "Remember it's done in a vacuum, it's done all over the country. And as a result of that, that's why two-thirds of small businesses want it done, because people will buy more."

Written by John Potter

By the way, Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei will be in Reno tonight. We hope to bring you interviews with them on Channel 2 News at 11.

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