(WASHINGTON POST) Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Israel was asked by host Candy Crowley whether he thought his Republican colleagues were racist. She mentioned comments from last week by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who said Republicans have engaged in "ugly and divisive" attacks against President Obama and him; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said that Republican opposition to comprehensive immigration reform was motivated in part by race.
"Not all of them, no, of course not," replied Israel. "But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism. And that's unfortunate."
Israel appeared with his GOP counterpart, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who rejected the notion that race has fueled opposition to Obama's agenda.
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