WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt flung the word "coward" at a decorated battle veteran from Pennsylvania last week, yet the Ohio Republican"s comments landed with a splat in her own Cincinnati district, where some supporters are backing ameans as she scrambles to explain what she intended.

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Judging by her words Tuesday — the initially after avoiding the public for 3 days — Schmidt doesn"t understand what the fuss is about, and also sees herself even more as victim than villain. "I am amazed at what a national story this has actually end up being," she sassist in a statement.

Schmidt, Congress" newest member, vaulted from obscurity via inflammatory comments throughout a Housage conflict over whether to promptly withattract U.S. troops from Iraq, as has been proposed by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. Murtha is a 31-year House veteran and also longtime armed forces hawk who battled in Vietnam and Korea as a Naval. Schmidt said in her brief speech: "A few minutes back, I obtained a speak to from Col. Danny Bubp. He asked me to send Congress a message: Stay the course. He additionally asked me to send Congressguy Murtha a message: that cowards cut and run, Marines never carry out."

The chamber exploded in boos and catcalls from Democrats, and within minutes Schmidt had actually withdrawn her words and sent a note of apology to Murtha.

Schmidt continued to be mostly out of sight until Tuesday, once she issued her statement and spoke through reporters.

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Bubp, a Naval Corps Reserve officer who had actually campaigned for Schmidt, put out his own statement Thursday: "The comments and pertains to I mutual via Congresswoguy Schmidt were never before supposed as an individual referral to Mr. Murtha. ... We never debated anyone by name and also tbelow was no intent to ever disparage the congressguy or his distinguimelted document of business for our country."

Schmidt shelp she had not noticed the plenty of allusions to Murtha"s armed forces background in the newspaper, radio and TV accounts of his troop withdrawal proposal, made Thursday. "They keep us pretty busy," she said.


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