Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently made remarks regarding Obama and his race, which some Republicans found unsettling.

In a recent radio interview, Reid told KNPR ┬áthat he “hopes” that the Republican opposition to President Obama is because of “substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”

This sparked Republican Senator Tim Scott, the long African-American currently serving in the U.S. Senate, to issue a response, in which he said:

I am sincerely disappointed by continued attempts to divide the American people by playing to the lowest common denominator. Instead of engaging in serious debate about the failed policies of this administration – from the ever-increasing burdens created by the national health care reform plan to the tax and spend approach to economic recovery, along with countless others – Democrats are once again trying to hide behind a smokescreen.

Our country deserves more from those in Washington. I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President’s policies because of one thing – they are hurting hardworking American families.