Rep. Chaffetz retracts his criticism of Bachmann's State of the Union response

My primary concern with Congresswoman Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) speech was the timing of it relative to Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanJuan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file GOP fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill Clinton, Trump sharpen attacks MORE’s (R-Wis.) official response to the President’s State of the Union address. I felt at the time the proximity of her speech was too near Chairman Ryan’s official response. I have since learned that the timing of Congresswoman Bachmann’s address was not simultaneous to Chairman Ryan’s official response. Congresswoman Bachmann’s speech was never billed by her office as being the ‘alternative’ to Chairman Ryan’s. Now understanding the true order of events, I would not have made the same comments to the media. All members of Congress’ points of view are valuable and contribute to the public dialogue that helps to drive the conservative message in the media. We need more people like Michele.

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