Harry Reid Apologizes For Asian Comments

Senate majority leader made the questionable remarks while speaking to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.
1:43 | 08/22/14

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kind of political tempest. A foot in mouth moment making headlines. Senator harry Reid apologizing. What did he say, and what's the line between a joke and a racist racket? Jeff Zeleny has the story. Reporter: "Racist and disgusting" is what some are calling harry Reid's attempt at humor, speaking to the asian chamber of commerce in Las Vegas. The asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are. Reporter: An questionable joke he now says he regrets. But it didn't stop there. One problem that I've had today is keeping my wongs straight. Reporter: Today, we spoke to terry Wong, who was onstage with Reid. It was a light-hearted joke, not an insult. Reporter: Now, Reid's apologizing, telling ABC news, "My comments were extremely poor in taste. Sometimes, I say the wrong thing." He's becoming well-practiced at saying he's sorry. He once predicted Barack Obama would be the first black president because he was "Light-skinned" and had "No Negro dialect" unless he wanted to have one. And then there was this awkward moment -- In the summertime because of the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you can literally smell the tourists coming to the capitol. And that may be descriptive, but it is true. Reporter: But tonight, it's the leader of the senate who isn't laughing. Jeff Zeleny, ABC news, Los Angeles.

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