GOP Hopeful: I Was Kidding About Hunting Obama

At event, would-be Idaho governor said he'd buy 'Obama tags'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 8:53 PM CDT
Rex Rammell, Republican candidate for governor in Idaho.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Republican gubernatorial candidate is under fire tonight for an offhand remark that he’d buy a license to hunt President Obama, the Twin Falls Times-News reports. Asked at a GOP event Tuesday about “Obama tags,” Rex Rammell replied, “Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.” Today, he backpedaled: “I was just being sarcastic. That was just a joke. I would never support him being assassinated.”

Rammell, a veterinarian and former elk rancher, said the newspaper misquoted him, though the Times-News is sticking by its reporting. “If people read into my comments I would want him assassinated then I apologize for that,” he tells KBCI-TV. “That was not the intent of my comment.”