Harry Reid Defends Himself
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke out today in his own defense. about his 2008 comments that Barack Obama was “light-skinned” and possessed “no Negro dialect.”
Reid: I am very proud of the fact, I can still remember the meeting that took place in my office with Senator Barack Obama, telling him that I thought he’d be elected president…I’ve apologized to the president…I could have used a better choice of words…As a very young man in the state of Nevada, I was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in Nevada. I had a lot of moving to do. Gov. O’Callaghan — he and I worked hard to work out the consent decree to allow integration of the gaming community in Nevada. Moving forward, I’m very aware of the fact that the first African-American to serve on the federal court in the state of Nevada was because of direct work I did, recommending Johnny Rawlins to President Clinton. The first diversity program in —
I got a call last night — it was late, I was surprised he was up this late — from Secretary Salazar, and he said, “Harry, you make sure you tell everybody that you have done more for diversity in the United States Senate than all the rest of people put together.”
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