Harry Reid apologized today for using racially insensitive terms when discussing Barack Obama's 2008 candidacy.
Mark Halperin and John Heliemann report in their new book, "Game Change," that Reid said during the campaign he thought Obama could win because, while black, he was "light-skinned" and lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." (Marc Ambinder spotted the comment in an advanced copy of the book.)
Reid apologized today for the remarks (via the Hotline):
"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments," Reid said in a statement. "I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance Pres. Obama's legislative agenda."
"Moreover, throughout my career, from efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and the gaming industry to opposing radical judges and promoting diversity in the Senate, I have worked hard to advance issues important to African American community," Reid added.