Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'
WASHINGTON - The head of the Democrats' committee to elect members to the House says, quote, "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."
Rep. Steve Israel of New York said Sunday that not all Republicans are motivated by racism but many in the GOP oppose a bipartisan immigration bill on those grounds. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman adds that his allies are ready to take action if House Republicans drop their opposition.
Last week, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.
Oregon's Rep. Greg Walden, who heads Republicans' efforts to elect House members, said Pelosi's comment was "both wrong and unfortunate."
Israel and Walden spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Child killed in crash on west side, driver charged
Vehicle burglaries on the rise in Ascension Parish
La, Miss abortion laws similar to overturned Texas law
Paramedic describes chaotic scene after getting hit by alleged drunk driver
Blessings on the Bayou lends helping hand to Labadieville homeowners