WASHINGTON (January 8, 2011)--Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid dismisses the tea party as short-lived and says it will "disappear" once the economy gets better.
The Nevada Democrat prevailed last November in a tough re-election race against tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle.
In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that's set to air Sunday, Reid was asked if he believes the tea party will be a lasting political force.
Reid says the tea party movement emerged because of the country's economic problems but said the tea party will no longer exist when the economy improves, and he says the economy is getting better every day.