Republican Steele says Reid should step down from leader post

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele called on Senator Harry Reid to step down as majority leader over comments he made about then- presidential candidate Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign.

Steele said Reid, a Nevada Democrat, should suffer the same sanction as former Republican Senator Trent Lott, who was forced out of his leadership role in 2002 for comments about a 1948 segregationist campaign.

Obama yesterday accepted Reid’s apology for the remarks, in which he said the U.S. was ready to elect a black president, especially someone like Obama who is “light skinned” and speaks “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Full story: Republican Steele Says Reid Should Step Down From Leader Post – Bloomberg.com.