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Indiana lawmaker backs down from "disrespect" shutdown statement

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Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
INDIANAPOLIS -

Some Indiana Republican politicians are rethinking their words about the government shutdown.

U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman backtracked from a statement he made to The Washington Examiner on Wednesday.

In that interview, the newspaper reported Stutzman as saying, "We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

National news outlets like Time pounced on Stutzman's statement, using it as an example of a lack of focus within the GOP as to the goal of the shutdown.

But on Thursday, Stutzman issued another statement:

"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."

Four top Democratic leaders offered mock apologies to Stutzman for offending him.

Also, an Associated Press story this week reported Indiana Governor Mike Pence as saying he believes the current political battle that's led to a partial shutdown of the federal government is worthwhile, and that he supported efforts by his fellow Republicans to kill or delay the new health care law.

But on Thursday, Pence denied ever saying that the shutdown was worthwhile, and he also tells Eyewitness News that he's asked his budget director to explore federal programs that help disadvantaged Hoosiers if the shutdown continues.

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