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Boehner condemns GOP colleague's 'wetback' comment

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House Speaker John A. Boehner quickly and unequivocally condemned Alaskan Rep. Don Young’s use of the term “wetback” in a radio interview to describe Latinos who worked on his family farm.

“Congressman Young’s remarks were offensive and beneath the dignity of the office he holds,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Friday. “I don’t care why he said it — there’s no excuse and it warrants an immediate apology.”

Mr. Young, who turns 80 this year, has apologized for using the term during an interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, saying the term was used commonly during his youth on a farm in central California and he now realizes the term is a derogatory one.

As the Republican Party has struggled to increase its outreach to Hispanic voters, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn also swiftly condemned Mr. Young’s remarks.

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