Senate Leader Apologizes For Obama “Negro” Comment
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has acknowledged and apologized for controversial racial remarks he made about President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.
According to the new book “Game Change,” a retrospective of the 2008 campaign, Reid is quoted as saying that he was “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.'”
“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” Reid said in a statement released Saturday morning. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments. I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama’s legislative agenda.”
Reid – who basically bribed wavering democrats into voting for Obama’s massive socialized medicine bill last year – was already facing an uphill reelection fight.
According to a new poll released Saturday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reid’s unfavorable rating in his home state of Nevada has soared to 52%. That poll, conducted by Mason-Dixon, also showed Reid losing his November Senate race against any of three prospective GOP challengers – with his support topping out at 41% in those head-to-head match-ups.