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(RNN) – A Republican Congressman told an audience he "heard" as many as 80 Democrats serving in the House of Representatives are Communists.
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-FL, made the remark during a campaign stop Tuesday, according to The Palm Beach Post. The tea party conservative did not name any of his congressional counterparts who belonged to the Communist Party, or where he heard it from.
Politico reported West said he was referring to the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has more than 75 members.
On its website, the CPC states its goals are to fight for economic justice and security for all, protect civil rights and liberties, promote global peace and security and advance environmental protection and energy independence.
At the same event, West accused President Barack Obama of being "scared" to debate him. Both men spoke at events on the Florida Atlantic University campus Tuesday.
"I really wish that, standing here before you, was Allen West and President Obama," West said, according to The Palm Beach Post. "We could have a simple discussion. But that ain't ever going to happen."
West, a first-term congressman working to get re-elected, is no stranger to blunt statements. In January, he told Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid to "get the hell out of the United States of America."
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