From NBC's Mark Murray
The liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is airing a new TV ad in Nevada, which urges Harry Reid to support a public option in the health-care negotiations. The ad asks: "Is Harry Reid strong enough?"
As Senate majority leader, Reid is tasked with forging together the Senate Finance Committee health-care bill (which doesn't contain a public option) and the Senate HELP Committee bill (which does). Today's New York Times writes that Reid "could choose to leave more contentious elements out of the measure he brings to the floor and allow backers of the public option, for instance, to try to add it through an amendment. If they can assemble the necessary votes, it would be a triumph; if they lose, they would have had their chance."