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Associated Press, Published January 12 2010

Klobuchar doesn't expect Reid to step down for remarks about Obama

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar doesn't expect Harry Reid to give up his job as Senate majority leader over his remarks about President Barack Obama's race and dialect.

Minnesota's senior senator says Reid has made it clear that his remarks were in appropriate and that he regretted his words. KARE-TV reports Klobuchar said Monday the president accepted Reid's apology and said the "book is closed."

While Republicans have called for Reid to step down as majority leader, nationally prominent Democrats have stood by Reid.

In a new book "Game Change," it was disclosed that Reid's rationale for Obama's viability as a black presidential candidate was because he was a light-skinned African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

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