GOP Rep. Rokita to anchor: ‘You’re beautiful, but you have to be honest’

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), after an intense exchange Thursday with CNN anchor Carol Costello about the government shutdown, said the anchor is "beautiful" but needs to be honest.

"Carol, you're beautiful, but you have to be honest as well," Rokita says.

Prior to that comment, Rokita said Costello and the media were "part of the problem" when it came to the government shutdown.

Update 2:01 p.m.: Rokita has issued a statement in which he says he "intended no offense."

"At the end of a spirited and very important debate, I was simply keeping it from unnecessarily ending in an unfriendly or contentious way. I intended no offense to Ms. Costello.”    

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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