- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Republican Party chairman said that Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, should step down as the Senate Democratic leader over racial remarks Mr. Reid made about Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

GOP Chairman Michael S. Steele said that if a Republican had made such remarks, Democrats would be calling for that Republican’s head.

In a private conversation reported in a new book, Mr. Reid described Obama as a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

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Mr. Reid has apologized to Mr. Obama, and the president said he considers the episode closed.

Democratic Party Chairman Tim Kaine said the remarks should not affect Mr. Reid’s leadership position.

Steele and Kaine spoke on “Fox News Sunday.”

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