Reid sorry for 2008 remarks about President Obama, as lacking a 'Negro dialect' 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., apologized Saturday for 2008 remarks in which he referred to President Barack Obama, then a candidate, as light-skinned and lacking a "Negro dialect."

Reid is trailing in Nevada polls.

Here is his statement of apology:

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments."I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda."Moreover, throughout my career, from efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and the gaming industry to opposing radical judges and promoting diversity in the Senate, I have worked hard to advance issues important to the African American community."

His 2008 remarks were first reported by The Atlantic.

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