Rep. Steve King: Reid's comments about Obama's race are accurate

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) late Sunday said that he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) comments about President Barack Obama's race.

King -- in a Twitter post -- said that Reid's comments were accurate but that he lost the ability to hold that position because he criticized former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) for making racially insensitive comments in 2002:

If Harry Reid had defended Lott, he should not resign for his remarks about Obama. Every word was true. a pass for truth?

Though the wording of King's tweet appeared confusing to some, the congressman confirmed the apparent meaning of the message to The Hill on Monday.

"I was typing on my BlackBerry and wasn't sure how many characters I had left," said King.

Reid has come under fire from the right after it was reported that made racially insensitive remarks about Obama during the 2008 campaign. King's comments, however, are unique among GOP criticism of Reid.

Mark Halperin and John Heliemann write in their new book, "Game Change," that Reid said he thought Obama could win because, while black, he was "light-skinned" and lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Republicans have pointed to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) decision to leave his leadership post in 2002 after he said he praised the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) 1948 segregationist presidential campaign.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room