Harry Reid is inserting his foot firmly in his mouth right now. The Senate majority leader recently said that the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy was worse than what happened during Katrina, but has now come forth to admit he “misspoke.”
“In my recent comments criticizing House Republicans for threatening to betray Congress’ tradition of providing aid to disaster victims in a timely fashion regardless of region, I simply misspoke,” Reid says in a statement.
This apology comes after Reid claimed that a million people had lost their homes because of Sandy, while in actuality about 380,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. “The people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey,” Reid said, a statement he has since come under fire for. Though he is backtracking on his original claim, Reid says his heart is in the right place.
“I am proud to have been an advocate for disaster victims in the face of Republican foot-dragging, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy, from fires in the West to tornadoes in the Midwest,” he says in his statement. “I have worked hard with Senator [Mary] Landrieu [D-La.] to ensure that the people of the Gulf Coast have the resources they need to fully recover, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf until the region is fully recovered.”