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On FBN, Rep. says he wouldn’t change language in email to DWS and apology “not happening.”

REP. ALLEN WEST TELLS FOX BUSINESS AN APOLOGY TO REP. WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ “IS NOT HAPPENING”

Representative Allen West (R-FL) spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Stuart Varney about the email he sent to Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) about an attack she made on West for his stance on Medicare. West said it was time for him to “stand up and defend my honor and make sure that this type of activity does cease” and an apology to Wasserman-Schultz “is not happening.” He went on to discuss the possibility of the United States defaulting on its debt and losing its AAA credit rating, saying he “would be willing to listen to something that makes sure we get past the August 2nd deadline.”

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On whether he plans to apologize for the email he sent to Rep. Wasserman-Schultz:
“That is not happening. This is a pattern I referred to in that email that goes back to 2010. Finally I think I have the right to stand up and defend my honor and make sure that this type of activity does cease. I sent her a private email, she decided to make it public by releasing it to the news media.”

On whether he would change any of the language he used in the email if he could:
“No I wouldn’t. There are certain ways we speak in the military and I guess I have not learned the D.C. insider talk that these people are used to. Don’t poke me in the chest. That’s the bottom line to that exchange.”

On whether he would be willing to make a short term deficit reduction plan to get past the August 2nd deadline:
“I am a reasonable fellow and I do not want to see the U.S. default on any of its obligations. I would be willing to listen to something that makes sure we get past the August 2nd deadline. But long term we have to continue with spending control measures and any type of tax hikes are off the table for me.”

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