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Sen. Landrieu’s GOP Opponent Fires Back: ‘We’re Not Racist, We Just Have Common Sense’

Sen. Mary Landrieu‘s Republican opponent in her re-election fight fired back last night at her claim that the South is not the “friendliest place to African-Americans,” and can be a hostile environment for women as well.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, appearing on The Kelly File last night, said Landrieu’s comments assume that President Obama is unpopular in the South because of his race. Cassidy rejected that notion and said it’s the president’s policies that are actually unpopular.

“I wish she would focus more on policies instead of insulting,” Cassidy told host Megyn Kelly. “We’re going through the political process to have a change — how our Constitution prescribes how you do it — and we’re called racist.”

He also said Landrieu would understand the hardships Louisianans “if she actually lived here” — a subtle reference to the recent controversy over the senator’s residency.

“We’re not racist, we just have common sense,” Cassidy concluded.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also chimed in, calling Landrieu’s comments “a major insult … to the people of Louisiana.”

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

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