Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN) walked back remarks saying that Republicans “have to get something” out of the government shutdown impasse even though they “don’t know what that even is.”
On Thursday, Stutzman released a statement saying he misspoke.
“Yesterday, I carelessly misrepresented the ongoing budget debate and Speaker Boehner’s work on behalf of the American people,” Stutzman said in a statement. “Despite my remarks it’s clear that the American people want both parties to come to the table to reopen the government, tackle this nation’s debt crisis, and stop ObamaCare’s pain.”
A day earlier, the Washington Examiner reported Stutzman saying “We’re not going to be disrespected.”
“We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is,” Stutzman said.
President Barack Obama repeatedly called out Stutzman’s remarks at a speech in Maryland on Thursday.