As Catholic bishops across the country speak out against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate during an election year, one would think Democrats in private are suffering severe heartburn. In public, however, they’re showing a united front in support of Obama. Nicholas Ballasy of The Daily Caller asked Reid if he thought it was a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the provision.
Acknowledging that it is “not good for Democrats” to go “head-to-head” with “any church,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Daily Caller that he and his Democratic caucus “totally” support President Barack Obama forcing religious institutions to cover contraception in employee health insurance plans or pay a federal fine.
Catholic bishops across the country are speaking out against this provision of the health care law.
TheDC asked Reid if he thinks it is a good idea, politically, for the president to go against the Catholic Church on the issue.
“Of course it’s not good for the Democrats to go head-to-head against any church, so we certainly don’t intend to do that,” Reid said at the Capitol on Tuesday. “But we had a good discussion in our caucus today and the caucus totally supports the president. I do.”