Sen. Harry Reid to Screen 'Lincoln' for the U.S. Senate

Senator Harry Reid Democratic Policy Luncheon - H 2012
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Senator Harry Reid Democratic Policy Luncheon - H 2012

Updated: The majority leader, who saw the movie at the White House last month, is hosting a screening of the movie for members of Congress on December 19 in D.C.

Well, now we know who can restore bipartisanship to Washington -- as it turns out, it’s Abraham Lincoln.

In an interview with his home state newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid let slip that after watching Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln as part of a small group President Obama invited to the White House, he has invited the director to screen the film about the first GOP chief executive for all the senators -- Democrats and Republicans as well as their spouses. Sources tell THR that the screening and a subsequent Q&A will be held on Dec. 19 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. A strong turnout from both parties is expected. 

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Reid said he first saw two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis’ stunning portrayal of Lincoln along with the movie’s cast and crew at the White House and since has seen it again. He said he found Lincoln’s efforts to pass the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery a true-to-life dramatization of what still occurs in Congress.

"For me, that's what I do," Reid told columnist Norm Clarke in an exclusive interview that appeared in the Las Vegas paper over the weekend.

The majority leader said he met Day-Lewis during a train ride to New York just before the election. "I'm not very good at recognizing people," Reid said. "My wife, Landra, recognized him. I went up to say hello.

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"He was very shy, very nice ... a lot of humility," the Nevada senator said. Although he already has seen Lincoln twice, he added, “I'll watch it again with pleasure."