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Video: Reid Ducks Question on Incendiary Comment on Hispanics

11:22 AM, Aug 12, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Nevada TV news reporter Nathan Baca presses Harry Reid to explain his comment that "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican." Watch the video here:

NATHAN BACA:  “You said yesterday that ‘I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican.’  How is that different than somebody else hypothetically saying, ‘I don't know how whites could vote for President Obama?’  Both are general statements talking about an ethnicity's voting pattern.”

SENATOR HARRY REID:  “I’m very fortunate that I’ve had support from Hispanics for a long, long time. I have a number of ‘Republicans for Reid’ that are Hispanics. My comment is directed toward how anyone could support what is going on now, especially with my opponent, being in favor of Yucca Mountain, wanting to do away with Medicare, Social Security, the Department of Energy and on and on. That's the purpose of my comment.”

NATHAN BACA:  “Why did you mention Hispanics specifically?”

SENATOR HARRY REID:  “I was in front of a Hispanic audience, that's where I was.”

In fact Reid was speaking in specifically racial terms, suggesting that his opponents want to treat immigrants today differently because "their skin's a tone darker."

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