GOP Pushes to Divide Democrats Over Reid’s Comments

The GOP is hoping to put Democratic Congressional candidates across the country on the hot seat for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) use of racially charged language.

Republicans are expected to begin demanding Democratic Senate candidates return campaign contributions from Reid and denounce his comments that President Barack Obama is a “light skinned” black man who speaks without a “Negro dialect.”

According to Republican strategists, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and GOP candidates are expected to try to either force Democratic candidates to distance themselves from Reid or run the risk of being tied to his comments.

CQ Politics
1/11/10