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In most cases, they’re clear cases of speaking before he thinks – plus a tin ear for how statements may be perceived.
But in the age of blogging and 24-hour news, Senator Reid’s comments can take on a life of their own – and reach a large audience.
Reid has been a lawmaker in Washington for 28 years. Here are 10 of Reid’s biggest and most recent gaffes:
• Hot senator? This week, Reid referred to New York Senator Gillibrand as the “hottest member” of the Senate, at a fundraiser hosted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He says was making a joking reference to Gillibrand’s place on the “Most Beautiful” list put out by Capitol newspaper The Hill.
• Hispanic Republicans? In August, Reid said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican. Do I need to say more?” He later backtracked, saying that he meant to say that he didn’t understand how anyone – Hispanic or otherwise – could vote for a Republican candidate because of GOP policies.