Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday condemned remarks President Barack Obama made that slighted Las Vegas.
At a New Hampshire town hall event on Tuesday afternoon, Obama said "When times are tough, you tighten your belts...You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college."
CNN's Peter Hamby reports that Reid issued a statement, telling the president to "lay off" the largest city in his state:
"I just spoke to the White House and told them that while the President is correct that people saving for college need to be fiscally responsible, the President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn't be spending their money," Reid said in a statement. "To truly reenergize our economy, we need people to travel to Las Vegas. I would much rather tourists and business travelers spend their money in Las Vegas than spend it overseas."
Obama's remarks could have come at a better time; he is due to visit Nevada this month to campaign for Reid; who faces a tough reelection bid.
Nevada's other senator, John Ensign (R), demanded that Obama apologize earlier on Tuesday.
The outcry from Nevada lawmakers comes almost exactly a year after Obama first took a shot at Las Vegas while discussing corporate behavior at a town hall event in Indiana.
Then, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman insisted that Obama apologize, but later withdrew his request.
Goodman criticized Obama again today, calling him a "slow learner."