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Dems say Reid's apology is enough, East Texans weigh in

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Senator John Cornyn has called for Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid's, resignation.

It all stems from what some call racially insensitive comments Reid made about President Obama during the presidential campaign. Reid spent the weekend apologizing, but some say it is not enough. As the political fallout continues, who knows where it will end?

Then, Senator Barack Obama was still campaigning when Senator Reid made the comments.  He was quoted saying the Candidate Obama would do well because he is "light skinned...with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

The remarks are revealed in the new book, "Game Change."

"The catch phrase in the 1960's: If you're white, you're alright. If you're brown, stick around. If your black, get back, and you know? Nothing has changed," said David Henderson, chair of the Smith County Democratic Party.

Henderson said America elected a well-educated, well-spoken, non-threatening Obama. But, Henderson said just because the president is black, doesn't mean racism has disappeared.

Republicans, like Senator John Cornyn have said there is a double-standard in place, likening the situation to former Republican Senator Trent Lott's fall from grace. Lott stepped down after publicly praising one-time segregationist candidate, Strom Thurmond.

"They crucified him over that, basically forcing [Lott's] resignation," said Ashton Oravetz, Smith County Republican Party Chair. "When you don't follow through with Reid, you've got hypocrisy."

James Anderson wasn't offended by Reid's comment.

"There have been other important black people who had a darker skin color, like, Martin Luther King, Jr.," he said.  "It has nothing to do with race, color, or skin.  He's qualified," said Anderson.

"Because of his education, he was able to adapt to all different [kinds] of people," said Liz Serrano.

Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton took office nearly eight years ago.

"Whether you're Hispanic, black, pink purple or green, if you aspire to be president of the United States, you've got to do everything necessary to get there," said Hampton.

The president has accepted Senator Reid's apology, but we want to hear from you.  Should Senator Harry Reid step down for making those comments? Scroll down to leave comments or take our web poll below.

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