- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2013

Republican Sen. Tim Scott wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to apologize for saying in a Friday radio interview that he hopes GOP-led opposition to President Obama is “based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”

Mr. Scott, a conservative from South Carolina, is the only black member of the Senate. He issued a statement on Friday that accused Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, of dividing Americans by “playing to the lowest common denominator.”

He said Republican opposition to Mr. Obama is based on what they view to be failed policies.

“Our country deserves more from those in Washington,” Mr. Scott said. “I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the president’s policies because of one thing — they are hurting hardworking American families.”

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