Terrorists Will Party if Obama Wins: Iowa Rep.

Conservative GOP congressman stands by controversial slam
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 8:06 AM CDT
Sen. Barack Obama meets his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama at his father's house in Nyongoma Kogelo village, western Kenya, in this Aug. 26, 2006, file photo. Rep. Steve King has caused controversy by...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An Iowa congressman isn't going to back down from remarks that terrorists will be "dancing in the streets" if Barack Obama is elected, the Des Moines Register reports. Republican Steve King told a radio station last week that Obama's middle name—Hussein—would be one reason terrorists would hail an Obama win. "They'll be dancing in the streets," he said.

John McCain's campaign was quick to distance itself from King's remarks, but the outspoken conservative refused to apologize. "No one has rebutted my argument so I have to say I must be right," King said. He's received plenty of phone calls since his remarks—and he said 60% were supportive.