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Steve King: 'The American People Need To Have This Debate' About Obama Showing Favoritism On Race

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King also discussed how he decided to handle the issue when the comments became publicized. "I told my people here that handle my media: 'Let's let this cook for a couple of days and see if this pot will come to a boil,'" King said. "I don't want to put it away in the first day because I think the American people need to have this debate about what appears to me to be an inclination on the part of the White House and the Justice Department and perhaps others within the administration to break on the side of favoritism with regard to race."

King made the controversial comments on Monday during an appearance on G. Gordon Liddy's radio show. Then on Tuesday, a Republican House candidate and a Tea Party group in Colorado both cancelled scheduled appearances by King at events for them this weekend.