The administration is in a full-scale campaign mode to pressure the GOP to buckle, enlisting Wall Street and business leaders, who have said the House GOP should not shut down the government or threaten a default on the nation’s obligations.
Obama repeatedly called on Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to allow a vote on a “clean” spending bill with no partisan strings attached to reopen the government and shortly thereafter raise the debt limit.
“Take a vote, stop this farce and end this shutdown right now” he said.
“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 reportedly told the Washington Examiner.
Obama read the quote mockingly and ripped the GOP for shutting down the government.
“If you’re being disrespected, it’s because of that attitude you’ve got,” Obama said.
The Indiana Republican later issued a statement walking back his quote.
“Yesterday, I carelessly misrepresented the ongoing budget debate and Speaker Boehner’s work on behalf of the American people,” he said. “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.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.