Shuster apologizes for calling Obama a liar

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Wednesday that he regrets saying that President Obama was "lying" about high-speed rail in the State of the Union.

"Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire, a country with deteriorating roads and bridges or one with high-speed rail and Internet, high-tech schools, self-healing power grids," Obama said. Shuster was skeptical.

“I think he’s lying about CEOs — they want to invest in a country that has high-speed rail?" Shuster told Politico. "Really? Tell me what CEO said that, that cares about high-speed rail."

It was hardly a "You Lie!" moment, but by Wednesday, Shuster regretted his words. Kicking off remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Let’s Rebuild America” conference, Shuster told the audience it was not the type of rhetoric he uses.

“Last night I was quoted in response to the president’s State of the Union address that I implied he was lying about CEOs wanting to invest in a country that has high-speed rail,” Shuster said. “This type of incendiary rhetoric is not my style. I regret using those types of words. While I continue to disagree with the president on this point, I do not think the president is a liar.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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