January 11th, 2010
07:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Democrats rally around Reid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/30/art.getty.reid.closeup.jpg caption="Democrats are dismissing Republican call for Reid to step down ."]Washington (CNN) - The Congressional Black Caucus said Sunday that it had accepted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's apology for a remark he made about Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign and dismissed calls for the Nevada Democrat to step down.

Earlier in the day, the chairman of the Republican Party and a leading GOP senator had called on Reid to give up his post.

"Over the years, I have had an opportunity to work with Majority Leader Reid," Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the caucus, said in a statement.

"Senator Reid's record provides a stark contrast to actions of Republicans to block legislation that would benefit poor and minority communities."

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  1. MP--VA

    While Reid's statement is somewhat of a non-issue and the Republican response is typical goose-honking and wing-flapping, I think the Dems need to do some soul-searching of their own and stop calling for the heads of Republicans for saying similar statements. If a Republican said something slightly untoward, an apology ought to suffice and then they can all move on with their lives.

    January 11, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Mike1952

    This is so hypocritical. These same poeple demanded Lott resign and hounded the poor guy until he did. Hairy is no better than Lott. Of course the liberals always have a double standard on everything. Keep acting like this. Conservatives will clean your plows come November and 2012.

    January 11, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. Patrick McCloud

    I don't understand why there is a need to even apologize. Anyone who understands the way voters work and the way various demographics vote know that what Reid said, while none of us may like the way it , is a true assessment of the American electorate the stimuli they respond to and factors that influence their vote. Wake up America and look at the realities around you. Political correctness has its place, but not when we start to value political correctness over fact.

    January 11, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Moderate

    It's hard for blacks to always play their home games on their opponents court. An old statement but unfortunatly still true. It seems that they can't get any respect even in their own party.

    One things for sure. If black people galvanize, they can fully swing an election. Something to think about!

    January 11, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Shawn - GA

    Could you imagine if this was Palin? Or Cheney? Or any other Republican?

    They would be bringing action against them on the Senate floor, they would have that nut from Florida running his mouth... this would be a HUGE big deal.

    But let Reid say it and all is forgiven. What an absolute joke, this will only further divide the country. People are watching how these folks are behaving.... we will make ourselves heard in November. Out will all those who forget they work for us. Red or Blue should not matter. We need to remind our representatives they are suppose to work for the people.

    January 11, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. George

    We all say things we shouldn't, and apologise when we should. Harry did the same. He was man enough to say he was sorry. America is based of free speach, but also acountability. Good people say they are sorry. Others like Rush Limbaugh mock a crippled person and still think its funny. Its time the hate stops, and we get back to fixing
    a sick nation together. United we stand, divided we fall.

    January 11, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Reid's record speaks for itself in regards to civil rights,and civil justice. He apologized to the President, and the President accepted his apology. No correlation can and should be drawn between Reid and Lott. any fool can se the difference.

    IMHO, based on the racist backwash, and lack of respect that this Black President has had to endure, Reid wasn't far off the mark. Barack, with his bi-racial background and 'atypical' speech pattern makes him 'easier' on voters of all races. Let's face it, this country has progressed, BUT NOT far enough. Our President is reminded of that everyday, particualrly by Repugnicants.

    January 11, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. d1120

    He continues to be a joke...and the democrats who support him are two-faced. He needs to go.

    January 11, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. chris l

    germans rallied around Hitler. The anti American Radical Party, formerly known as the Democrats are a disgusting bunch of hippocrates. Luckily they have made it plane as day to the American people and will be thrown back into the cesspool from which they came very very soon. Count on it.

    January 11, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. Mr Joshua

    Just imagine if someone like Rush Limbaugh said this. He would be thrown off the air. Harry Reid is per say not a racist but he is totally insensitive and out of touch. Time to go Harry............

    January 11, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. joe m

    the response by the democratic party as a whole is what causes many americans to believe that there is double standard when it comes to the issue of race. while the democratic black caucus has all but absolved reid for his comments, democratic operatives are nearly crucifing steele, an african american, speaking out about the double standard. if democrats want people to take them seriously with respect to this issue they need to be as outraged about reid's words as if he were a republican. point is this, reid made comments about then senator obama that must have reflected part of his views. today he is apologizing and saying he is sorry, but more likely for the fact that the comments were exposed. the kind of mindset that reid demonstrated with his comments should be denounced, wether they are spoken by a democrat, republican, liberal, or conservative. they are words chosen by small minds.

    January 11, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    "Stark contrast to actions of Repubs to block legislation that would benefit poor and minority communities". In other words Repubs are against giving hand outs to poor and minority communities... Sounds like the Repubs are correct to me! Most Americans are tired of the hand outs. Washington is making Americans dependent on government rather than forcing them to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.

    January 11, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. HypocriCNN/FOX Nuisense Channel Of Fools!

    People Who Play Politics For Personal Gain Would Take This Story And Run With It. I'm No Fan Of RNC Chairman "Uncle Tom" Michael Steele, But He Made A Valid Point On Sunday In That If A Republican Had Made The Comments That Senator Harry Reid Made. Some People Would Have Demonized And Called For That Republicans Head. So There Is A Double Standard Going On.

    January 11, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. munchmom

    But if a republican had said this, the Dems would want him or her outta there in a heartbeat. This is a real good excuse to get rid of old Harry!! The truth is the truth no matter how you dress it up.

    January 11, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. Reny

    I'm a Dem and he's got to go. If he was a repub the Dems would be asking for his head on a silver platter.

    January 11, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. Right Leaning Independent

    I think it is time for the white congressmen and women to have a White Caucus. I know that some will say that is what they have had for years but lets call it that and listen to the minorities howl about the racism of such an organization.... Minorities can not have it both ways. We either eliminate the black and white organizations which only fuel racism or we divide further into black and white!

    January 11, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Typical Texan

    What a bunch of hypocrites. I guess the old "action speaks louder than words" cliche is the democrats rallying cry this time. Regardless of whether or not the democrats are justified in defending him, the thing that really makes us conservatives sick(or at least me), was his sense of entitlement to use such a politically incorrect slur(one that he would condemn if uttered by a republican), because he is, after all, a "hip" democrat. Why not just say "ebonics"? Either he is an idiot to not know "ebonics", or he was deliberate, perhaps in a pathetic attempt to "sidle" on up to the african american community, you know, as one of "them". The thought of the democrats swarming to his defense makes me wanna puke. Liberals are the definition of hypocrisy.

    January 11, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Bridgette

    Why are the Republicans so upset by this. This comes from people who attended rallies where the President was called every name under the sun and no one denounced it. They have supported that he's a muslim and he's wasn't born in this country but this is what has them up in arms. Please stop it. What Reid said was stupid and he should have apologized but he doesn't need to step down. This just shows how much white people in general don't know about black people.

    January 11, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  19. jpspec

    The special election race in Ma is extremely important to Obamacare. If Scott Brown wins he would vote against Obamacare. His vote can stop this secretive , unknown scary bill. MA is the most democratic state ever. Consequently, the mere fact that Scott Brown has closed the gap and actually has a chance of winning of is real news. Why is CNN not covering this major story? This election is only 9 days away, January 19, 2010.

    January 11, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. JES

    If it would have been a Republican the person would already be out of a job.

    So much forgivness within the Democratic party isn't that sweet.

    When it comes to one of your own you lend a blind eye and a deaf ear.

    But you are right about one thing you stick together no matter how right or wrong you are, Just like the Health bill you are trying to ram down out throats.

    Two sets of standards when it comes from the press and the party you are in.

    January 11, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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