Tim Scott Calls On Reid To Apologize For Remarks About GOP And Race

AP

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only African-American serving in the chamber, called on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to apologize for saying Friday he “hope[s]” GOP opposition to President Obama is “based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”

Scott said he’s “sincerely disappointed” and said, “I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing — they are hurting hardworking American families.”

His full statement:

“I am sincerely disappointed by continued attempts to divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator. Instead of engaging in serious debate about the failed policies of this administration – from the ever-increasing burdens created by the national health care reform plan to the tax and spend approach to economic recovery, along with countless others – Democrats are once again trying to hide behind a smokescreen.

“Our country deserves more from those in Washington. I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing – they are hurting hardworking American families.”

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