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Wasserman Schultz Backtracks, Doesn’t Apologize

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Patrick Howley
Political Reporter

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted fault Thursday for saying that Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has “given women the back of his hand” and is “grabbing us by the hair.”

“I shouldn’t have used the words I used,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement to CBS News.

Wasserman Schultz did not apologize to Walker or other Republicans, but rather doubled down in her line of attack on Walker.

“That shouldn’t detract from the broader point that I was making that Scott Walker’s policies have been bad for Wisconsin women,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Whether it’s mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal pay law, or rejecting federal funding for preventative health care, Walker’s record speaks for itself.”

Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday in Milwaukee that “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality.”

“What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch,” the DNC chairwoman continued Wednesday.

Walker’s Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Mary Burke, distanced herself from Wasserman Schultz’s comments, but DNC spokeswoman Lily Adams merely noted that Wasserman Schultz was not belittling survivors of domestic violence.

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