King: "Barton was spot-on"
Texas Congressman Joe Barton may have backed down from his forced retraction of an "apology" to the oil leakers at BP, but Iowa's Own Steve King is backing up the original remarks.
Speaking to conservative talk host Laura Ingraham (audio), King said: "I think Joe Barton was spot-on when he called it a shakedown... They want to swallow up as many Fortune 500 companies as they can."
King was already in the spotlight for recent remarks claiming that President Obama "favors black people." Barton's initial remarks, which were walked back under reportedly heavy pressure from House GOP leadership, drew even more attention. Whate House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said of Barton's apology: "That's not a political gaffe, those were prepared remarks. That is a philosophy."
The "shakedown" refers to BP's agreement in a meeting with Obama to set up a $20 billion fund for Gulf damages.
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