White House walks back Obama jab at deal opponents
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White House walks back Obama jab at deal opponents

President was ‘a little too flip’ in calling lawmakers opposed to nuclear accord ‘crazies,’ says spokesman

US President Barack Obama in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 24, 2015. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)
US President Barack Obama in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 24, 2015. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP)

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama’s reference to “the crazies” in Congress may have been “a little too flip” and was not about Iran.

Obama told guests at a Democratic fundraiser near Las Vegas late Monday that he and Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada had spent time “figuring out how we are going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems.”

Some suggested Obama was labeling opponents of the Iran nuclear deal as “crazies.”

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says Obama may have been “a little too flip” with his language, and adds that the president and Reid had discussed the legislative challenges they expect to face in the fall. Schultz says Obama was not talking about Iran.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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