Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder won’t apologize for joke that Obama should be jailed
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder said today he will not apologize for a joke made at a recent GOP event suggesting President Barack Obama should be jailed.
Batchelder, a Republican from Medina who leads the House of Representatives, made the comment Saturday at the Summit County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Washington Post.
Batchelder was introducing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum when he cracked a joke about whether Obama, a Democrat, should be re-elected.
“The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. And I think 25-to-life would be a good start,” said Batchelder, according to the Post.
Today, Democratic Rep. Vernon Sykes, of Akron, called on Batchelder to apologize immediately.
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