VIDEO: Harry Reid says to fund kids’ cancer trials is to ‘pick and choose’ who gets shutdown money.

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If Democrats ever stood on high ground during the Congressional showdown, the conversation quickly changed on Wednesday when an exasperated Senate President Harry Reid asked “why would we want to do that?” when asked if he’d fund kids cancer trials.

If Democrats ever stood on high ground during the Congressional showdown, the conversation quickly changed on Wednesday when an exasperated Senate President Harry Reid asked “why would we want to do that?” when asked if he’d fund kids cancer trials.

CNN reporter Dana Bash asked Senate Democrats — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was also at the media briefing — why not approve a bill that funds the NIH, which the House may pass because it helps fund trials for kids who have cancer.

“What right do they have to pick and choose what parts of the government gets funded?” Reid says.

Bash follows up: “If you could help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do that?”

Reid appears flustered: “Why why would we want do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. To have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing is reckless and irresponsible.”

Bash later pointed out that President Obama signed an order allowing the military to get paid through the shutdown — which is picking and choosing.

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