Ark. Republican: Clinton Would 'Get Shot at State Line'
Party official says comment 'out of context'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2014 6:50 AM CDT
Updated Jun 25, 2014 8:09 AM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to gathered participants at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Tuesday, June 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – A GOP official in Arkansas says if Hillary Clinton runs for president, she shouldn't expect much support in her onetime home state. In fact, "she'd probably get shot at the state line," 2nd Congressional District chairman Johnny Rhoda told US News and World Report. "Nobody has any affection for her. The majority don't," he said.

Rhoda tells Business Insider his comments were "taken way out of context." "It certainly was not meant in a threatening or hostile way at all," he says. "It was completely blown out of proportion." He adds that he "didn’t think (writer David Catanese) was going to print the thing." Says the writer: "Oh, yes, 'taken out of context.' As in, taken out of our on-the-record conversation and into print."