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Reid Says He Doesn't Understand Hispanic Republicans

Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 02:48 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed Hispanic Republicans Tuesday, telling a mostly Hispanic audience in Nevada that he doesn’t understand the concept.

"I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican," the Weekly Standard reports.

He continued: "Do I need to say more?"

Actually, no. His Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, immediately jumped on the gaffe.

"Reid has said he'll do more if re-elected. Apparently that means more insensitive racial comments, more gaffes, more lame attempts to distract from what he has done to destroy the Nevada economy," said Jordan Gehrke, Angle's communications director, in a statement. "With that said, I suppose Nevadans should just be glad he didn't say anything racist about Hispanic people's skin tone or 'dialect' this time."

Republican leaders and Hispanics, especially Cuban-Americans, a majority of whom traditionally vote Republican because of the GOP's hard line against Fidel Castro, were outraged.

Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican running for Florida Senate, called the comment "outrageous" and "ridiculous" during an interview on Fox News, according to Yahoo! News.

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