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Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Reid was addressing the city's Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday when he told the audience, "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are."

When another man was summoned to the podium, he grabbed the microphone and quipped, "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."

Both comments were met with laughter from the crowd of about 150 people.

The incident was captured on video by a tracker, posted on YouTube and distributed to reporters by America Rising, a Republican opposition research firm.

Reid later issued a statement saying: "My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."

Asian Chamber of Commerce Director James Yu said Reid has been a longtime friend of the group, which was established in 1986 to promote political, social and economic parity for Nevada's Asian Pacific American entrepreneurs, according to its website. Yu said he hadn't heard any complaints from attendees about the Senator's comments.

"Someone is making an issue out of a nonissue," he told The Associated Press.

Yu said a young man with a camera had shown up and was told not to videotape the event, and he assured chamber leaders that he was just taking still shots. Yu said the young man would be turned away if he shows up again.

The chamber's luncheon brought a separate disappointment for Reid - the group announced its endorsement of Republican Mark Hutchison for lieutenant governor. Reid has been championing Democratic state lawmaker Lucy Flores in the race, which is the highest-profile contest in Nevada's midterm elections.

Hutchison said he was grateful for support from leaders of Nevada's Asian community, which comprises about 8 percent of the state's population.

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Don August 22 2014 at 6:37 PM

"What difference does it make?" he is a democrat.

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gv101583 August 22 2014 at 6:37 PM

This guy is an embarrassment and is the poster child for term limits in Congress.

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terrihieber August 22 2014 at 6:39 PM

What a Bunch of super hypocrites and liars. The DIMs are so desperate. Look at their extremist and incompetent so-called leadership. Obama. Biden, Reid, Pelosi. It is hard to rank the dumbest and most extreme. These fools talk about the tea party when they are even more extreme. The GOP has its problems, but the DIMs are so far worse which this proves!

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terrihieber August 22 2014 at 6:41 PM

Reid makes outrageous statements all the time. He even attacks citizens of the USA on the floor of the senate when he has actually taken money for the likes of Soros. The DIM party is horrible for this nation. The worse legislation in history has been passed by these fools.

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and.then.what August 22 2014 at 6:44 PM

It came so effortlessly for Reid,
almost like he does it every day!

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mphmb1954 August 22 2014 at 6:48 PM

THIS is the best the DIMs have in the senate? How can anyone throw stones at the GOP with this fool in charge for the DIMs. The same can be said of Pelosi who had the worse lose in 2010 since 1948 losing 63 seats and passing the worse legislation in history. Then the DIMs in Congress retain her as their spokes person. Can't get any more dumber than that!!!

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thunderboltmus August 22 2014 at 6:49 PM

Let's see how long this stays front page news Since it's a democrat, it will go away in a day. Now, if it were a Republican, it would be front page news for a weeks. An apology would never be enough. libs would be demanding resignation. But we all know the liberal press will let this story fade away.

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wtanobuh August 22 2014 at 6:37 PM

Typical dumbocrap racist. This moron has an IQ akin to that of a turnip.

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NICKLEMAN August 22 2014 at 6:39 PM


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BoB August 22 2014 at 6:40 PM

Poster child of the democrap party!

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