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Tim Scott slams Harry Reid for suggesting Senate Republicans are racist

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested that President Obama’s opponents in Congress have racist motivations, a comment that drew the condemnation of Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

“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,” Scott, the only black U.S. senator, said in a statement today after accusing Reid of trying to “divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator.”

Reid made the comment while discussing Republicans — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in particular — on a radio show in Nevada.

“It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail,” the top Democrat said, per Talking Points Memo. “And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”

Scott replied, “instead of engaging in serious debate about the failed policies of this administration — from the ever-increasing burdens created by the national health care reform plan to the tax and spend approach to economic recovery, along with countless others — Democrats are once again trying to hide behind a smokescreen.”

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