Reid Elected Majority Leader

The man who will be Senate majority leader next year says his top priority is to quickly confirm a replacement for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Harry Reid says the sooner Robert Gates is confirmed, "the sooner we can get rid of Rumsfeld."

Reid's comments came after he was chosen by Senate Democrats to
be their leader next year. He called it the "opportunity of a lifetime for me."

Reid was unopposed, as was Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, who
was again elected as the number-two Democrat.

New York Senator Charles Schumer was given the title of vice chairman of the Democratic caucus. It was a reward for overseeing
the Democrats' takeover of the Senate.

The Democrats also picked two women for senior posts. Washington
Senator Patty Murray will serve as conference secretary and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow will be steering committee chair.

Senate Republicans hold their leadership elections tomorrow.


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