Stutzman's Clarifies Government Shutdown Viral Comment (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

October 3, 2013 Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 8:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- An article in the Washington Examiner quoted Representative Marlin Stutzman, R- Ind., as having 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," in regards to the ongoing budget debate.

Shortly after the article was published, Stutzman's comment was making headlines across the internet.

Stutzman released a statement Thursday morning regarding his comment to the Washington Examiner and said:

"Yesterday, I carelessly misrepresented the ongoing budget debate and Speaker Boehner’s work on behalf of the American people. 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."

Stutzman further clarified his comments in an exclusive interview Thursday afternoon with 21Alive's Melissa Long.

"What I was trying to explain was the circumstances we're all trying to work in," Stutzman said by phone from Washington, D.C. "We want to see that people are working together to tackle our debt situation, and also to somehow stop what's going on with Obamacare until it is fixed correctly."

Earlier in the day, Stutzman and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, D-Ind., tell WOWO NewsTalk 1190/92.3 that the government shutdown could last two weeks.

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