Conservatives from around the country blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week after the veteran lawmaker made some racially charged remarks while attempting to disparage Republican policies.
After being asked a question about the GOP’s recent attempts at immigration reform, the Nevada Democrat wondered aloud how people of Hispanic descent could favor the Right.
"I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK," Reid said at a campaign event in Las Vegas. "Do I need to say more?"
Republicans on the local, state and Federal level were quick to criticize Reid and suggest that the longtime Democrat is disconnected from Hispanic voters, who make up more than one-fourth of his state’s population. Some conservatives—including Republican Senate Committee spokesman Brian Walsh—said that the incident highlights Reid’s inability to see race outside of political terms, Fox5Vegas.com reports.
Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican who is running for Senate, noted that Reid is incorrect in assuming that Hispanics would naturally favor Democratic policies, according to Politico.
"The reason why Americans of Hispanic descent should be Republicans is that the Democratic leadership is trying to dismantle the American free enterprise system, the only system in the world where parents like mine who work hard and play by the rules can give their children the opportunities they themselves did not have," he said.