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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.”

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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.”

• Goodbye, Ted Kennedy. When asked how the former Massachusetts senator’s death would affect healthcare-reform efforts, Reid said, “I think it’s going to help us.”

• “This war is lost.” That was Reid in 2007, speaking about negative developments in Iraq. Republicans pounced on the comment, saying it showed that Democrats don’t support the troops.

• "I hope you go out of business.” Probably not the best joke to make to the advertising director of the largest newspaper in his home state, the Republican-leaning Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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.”


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