Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 | 2:17 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- It was a potentially counter-intuitive pitch Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was making today, about how the presumed Democratic presidential candidate from Illinois actually understands issues in the West better than the Republican one from Arizona.
But there he was on a call with Western reporters, summing it up like this:
"Barack Obama doesn't wear cowboy boots, doesn't wear a cowboy hat -- because it wouldn't look right," Reid said. "That's for people like Ken Salazar who really are ranchers." (Salazar, the Democratic Colorado senator, was also on the call.)
But in the West, in places like Hawthorne, Nev., Reid went on, "Barack Obama really identifies with people."