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08/22/2014 01:22 pm ET Updated Sep 16, 2014

Harry Reid Apologizes, Says 'Wong' Comments Were In 'Poor Taste'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized Friday for controversial comments he made at a luncheon with the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas.

Reid said he was having a problem "keeping my Wongs straight" after introducing someone at the luncheon. (See a video of Reid's remarks above.)

“The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” Reid also said at the event.

On Friday, Reid admitted he's not always right and issued an apology to the Asian community.

“My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing," Reid said, according to Politico.

Reid was in a similar situation before, when he apologized for describing President Barack Obama as a "light skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" in 2008.

Reid has fought to rid the world of a different racially charged phrase, fighting owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the NFL's Washington football team.

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