Sen. Landrieu's remarks on race anger Republicans
NEW ORLEANS - Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu to apologize after she suggested that President Obama's deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.
In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Landrieu was quoted as saying that the South "has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans."
The comments came after an NBC reporter asked the senator why Obama has such low approval ratings in Louisiana. Landrieu's first response was that the president's energy policies are deeply disliked in the oil and gas-rich state.
She then went on to reference race relations in the South.
Landrieu is locked in a tight re-election battle and is targeted by Republicans nationally in their efforts to retake control of the Senate.
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