Reid: ‘I Could Have Used A Better Choice of Words’ (VIDEO)

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“I could have used a better choice of words,” Senator Harry Reid told reporters in Apex, Nevada earlier today, speaking publicly for the first time to address the controversy about racial remarks he made in 2008 on Barack Obama’s chances to become the first black president of the United States.Reid (D-NV) previously apologized to the president, and Obama accepted, but Republicans are calling for Reid’s resignation.

Reid reminisced about and expressed pride in his early support of Obama’s presidential run, and said he was “going to move forward.” He said his “heart has been warmed” by the support he has received, publicly and privately, and he defended his civil rights record, saying “as a very young man, in the state of Nevada, I was one of the leaders of the civil rights movement in Nevada, and it had a lot of moving to do.” He added: “I’ll continue to work for the African American community.”

Earlier today, Rahm Emanuel told MSNBC that the White House and Senate Dems have “absolute” confidence in Reid.

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