Putting aside what could be a fierce election to stay in office, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., assumed without reservation full responsibility for getting U.S. President Barack Obama's health care overhaul through the Senate. Reid asked Obama to put his oratory and personal charm to work as the point man for the health care campaign months ago. When that did not happen, Reid picked up the banner and never looked back. He is known as a legislator who plays his cards close to the chest when confronted with a challenge.

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