Crapo to Rammell: Apologize for Obama tags comment - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Crapo to Rammell: Apologize for Obama tags comment

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BOISE, Idaho. - U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo has condemned a Republican gubernatorial candidate's comments about buying a license to hunt President Barack Obama, saying they merit an apology.

Crapo, a Republican, said former elk rancher Rex Rammell's comment at a Twin Falls GOP rally this week undermine healthy debate over important issues.

Rammell is running in the 2010 Idaho GOP primary against incumbent Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

On Tuesday, a GOP rally attendee shouted a question about "Obama tags" during discussion of Idaho's upcoming wolf hunt, where hunters must purchase $11.50 wolf tags.

Rammell responded, "The Obama tags? We'd buy some of those."

In a statement, Crapo said, "Rex Rammell's comments are in very poor taste and should not have been said. Remarks like these should not even be made jokingly. He should apologize for those remarks and for the perception they may have created."

Rammell has refused, instead countering, "Anyone who understands the law knows I was just joking, because Idaho has no jurisdiction to issue hunting tags in Washington D.C."

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