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Sen. Reid trying to close book on comments


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sought to slam the book shut Monday on a controversy stemming from remarks about President Barack Obama's race and dialect.

He says he's apologized to the president and to everyone "within the sound of my voice that I could have used a better choice of words."

A string of forgiving statements from prominent blacks made clear his leadership post is not in immediate jeopardy.

Reid says he'll work on behalf of the African-American community and that he's "not going to dwell on this any more."

Republicans have called on Reid to step down as majority leader.

Such a move would undermine his re-election chances in Nevada, where he is running as a powerful senior lawmaker who can deliver for his home state.

As majority leader, Reid has been the point man for the past year in trying to pass Obama's legislative program through the Senate, and there was no public evidence the controversy has eroded his standing.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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