Senator Tim Scott (L) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)

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.