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The Senate majority leader, aware of the impact of his racially tinged remarks about President Obama, went on phone calling spree to drum up support.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went into damage control over the weekend, mobilizing a raft of supportive statements both in Washington, D.C., and Nevada after news broke that during the 2008 presidential campaign he said Barack Obama had an advantage because he's "light-skinned" and has "no Negro dialect" unless he wants to employ it.
According to several sources familiar with the senator's actions, Reid called Obama from his home in Searchlight, Nev., on Saturday. Obama took the call in the Oval Office. Reid also spoke by phone to numerous senators and took part in the regular weekend call with Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island to go over the Sunday show talking points on his gaffe and other topics.
Reed and Reid were on the call with staff members for Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Joe Lieberman. The message: Reid did it, it was wrong, he apologized immediately, the president has accepted the apologize, time to move on.
But Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Reid should resign. He also accused Democrats of hypocrisy on the matter.
"There is this standard where Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it is racism," Steele told "Fox News Sunday."