RNC chairman Michaele Steele said today that Democrats should strip Harry Reid of his leadership position if he does not apologize for remarks comparing healthcare reform to the abolition of slavery.

Here are Reid's remarks from earlier today:

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right...When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'

Steele said Reid should apologize immediaely or lose his position as Majority Leader.

"Having made this disgraceful statement on the floor of the United States Senate, Mr. Reid should immediately apologize on the Senate floor to his colleagues, to his constituents, and to the American people," Steee said. "If he is going to stand by these statements, the Democrats must immediately reconsider his fitness to lead them."