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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.