Harry Reid's 10 biggest gaffes: Will his reelection bid suffer?
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid is fighting for his political life against Republican Sharron Angle, but his own tongue is also proving to be a formidable adversary.
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• Stinky tourists. At a dedication to the new Capitol Visitor Center in December 2008, Reid joked that in the summer, due to high humidity, “you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”Skip to next paragraph
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• "Negro" dialect. Reid was quoted in “Game Change,” a book about the 2008 election, as saying Barack Obama would be helped by being a “light-skinned" African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid apologized.
• Evil voters. In August last year, Reid said town-hall protesters angry about health-care reform were “evil-mongers” who use “lies, innuendo, and rumors” to drown out productive debate.
• Cheering lost jobs. Commenting on the better-than-expected jobs report in March, Reid said on the Senate floor: “Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good.”
One of the few things Reid has on his side? Ms. Angle, his opponent in the Nevada Senate race, seems equally prone to putting her foot in her mouth. Reid has already made ads capitalizing on her statement calling BP’s oil-spill victims’ account a “slush fund” and saying that “As your US senator, I’m not in the business of creating jobs.”