Reid Apologizes Again for 'Choice of Words'
Senator sorry for 'Negro' remark
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 4:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Harry Reid apologized again this afternoon for comments he made about Barack Obama in the early days of the presidential campaign, acknowledging that he "could have used a better choice of words" in evaluating Obama's prospects. "I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone that, within the sound of my voice—that I could have used a better choice of words," Reid said at a Nevada news conference.

The new book Game Change reports that Reid described Obama as "light-skinned" and lacking a "Negro dialect"—and therefore electable. Reid says his "heart has been warmed" by expressions of support from numerous minority leaders: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, for example, said that in Reid's case, though the comments are regrettable, "actions speak louder than words," the Washington Post reports.