Senator Reed's presidential neutrality explained

We took a look yesterday at how Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch is virtually alone among high-profile Rhode Island Democrats in remaining neutral in the presidential race.

The other high-profile neutral is US Senator Jack Reed, who faces reelection this year. Chip Unruh, the senator's press secretary, got back to me after the close of business yesterday with a response, via e-mail, to my question about why Reed remains neutral. Here is the answer in its entirety:

Senator Reed is focused on Rhode Island, the economy, and his own race for 2008.


He has not made an endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary. Senator Reed works closely with both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama; all three of them serve together on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and they continue to work together to try and expand health care coverage for working families and reform our schools. 

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