Reid Apologizes for 'No Negro Dialect' Remark

He gave an unfortunate appraisal of candidate Obama
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2010 2:34 PM CST
President Obama talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in October.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Harry Reid apologized today for his "poor choice of words" in 2008 when he said candidate Barack Obama had a chance to win because he was "light-skinned" and had "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Reid made the comments privately, but they're coming out in a new political book. "I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans," said Reid. Obama quickly accepted the apology and said, "As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

Reid's comments are revealed in Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and came during a discussion in which Reid made the case that the nation was ready for a black president, notes Politico. The embarrassing flap comes to light on the same day the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nevada senator has an all-time high "unfavorable" rating of 52%.

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