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Harry Reid's 10 biggest gaffes: Will his reelection bid suffer?

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• "Pet" Coons. Last week Reid characterized Mr. Coons, up for election in Delaware, as “my pet.” Coons quickly issued a statement emphasizing his independence.

• Hispanic Republicans? In August, Reid said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican. Do I need to say more?” He later backtracked, saying that he meant to say that he didn’t understand how anyone – Hispanic or otherwise – could vote for a Republican candidate because of GOP policies.

• Stinky tourists. At a dedication to the new Capitol Visitor Center in December 2008, Reid joked that in the summer, due to high humidity, “you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”

• "Negro" dialect. Reid was quoted in “Game Change,” a book about the 2008 election, as saying Barack Obama would be helped by being a “light-skinned" African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid apologized.

• Evil voters. In August last year, Reid said town-hall protesters angry about health-care reform were “evil-mongers” who use “lies, innuendo, and rumors” to drown out productive debate.

• Cheering lost jobs. Commenting on the better-than-expected jobs report in March, Reid said on the Senate floor: “Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good.”

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