Harry Reid on Obama: ‘He Doesn’t Want to Talk a Lot’

Reid also announced his plans to write a letter to the president of Iran in support of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was convicted on espionage charges.

“I would hope with all the work that’s been done between the two countries the last, actually its been couple of years, that the appeal will amount to something. I’m going to weigh in on that,” Reid said. “I’m cautiously optimistic. I think it’s the best thing for Iran and it’s damn sure the best thing for us.”

Reid, who retires from the Senate in 15 months, told the audience he has been dissatisfied with the way the U.S. chooses its presidents.

“You go to New Hampshire, there are not any minorities there and nobody lives there. You go to Iowa and there are a few people there, but again it’s a place that does not demonstrate what America is all about for a lot of different reasons,” he said. “Nevada does that. We are a state that is representative of what America is all about and I think bringing in South Carolina and bringing in Nevada makes a better process for choosing a president.”

Reid said he does not mean to “denigrate” New Hampshire or Iowa but “they shouldn’t be the ones choosing who is going to be president.”

He was also asked about the lawsuit he recently filed against the manufacturer of an elastic exercise band that failed and caused his eye injury.

“I’m not a litigious guy but I think, as my lawyer said, let them respond and I’m going to let them do that,” he said.

Reid added that he heard of someone else that was injured wearing the same type of exercise band.

“I recommend anyone that wears these straps wear safety glasses or don’t use them. So we will see what happens. I don’t need the money, so I will be fine,” he said.