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Reid won't back Weiner

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid distanced himself from embattled fellow Democratic Rep. Anthony D. Weiner on Tuesday, saying he couldn’t defend the New Yorker but stopped short of asking him to resign.

“I know Congressman Weiner. I wish there were some way I could defend him, but I can’t,” said Mr. Reid, Nevada’s senior senator, when responding to a reporter’s question whether Mr. Weiner should resign.

After a pause for another question, Mr. Reid was asked again if Mr. Weiner should quit?

“I’m not here to defend Weiner,” he said.

When a reporter asked the majority leader what advice he would give if Mr. Weiner called him and asked, he quipped, “Call somebody else,” to which the press gaggle at the Capitol broke out laughing.

Mr. Weiner admitted Monday he lied to the public after being caught sending a lewd photo of himself in underwear to a college student. He acknowledged making “terrible mistakes” but said he wouldn’t step down from Congress.

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