Congressman Allen West says Congress deserves to be criticized for its actions on debt ceiling

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Congressional battle over raising the debt ceiling made Congress look bad, says U.S. Rep. Allen West, and the Republican from Plantation took it a step further.

"I have to tell you I apologize to the American people and the constituents I represent for what they're seeing," said West.

He found himself in the middle of the budget battle, and voting to raise the debt ceiling angered some of his loyal Tea Party supporters. West called them schizophrenic.

"If I sat around and read everything that was written about me, it's a bit of schizophrenic," he said. "One day people say you're here and the next day they say you're there; that you hate these people, you hate those type of people. You have to stay true to the course. You have to say on point."

As for his much publicized fight with fellow South Florida representative, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the budget, West said it's part of bigger disagreement he has with her.

"This is a history. In October 2010, outside of my campaign headquarters in Deerfield Beach, she called together a protest to say that I hated women, that I was a misogynist. So this is a series of events that have gone about and I've turned the cheek so many times I have a crick in my neck," said West.

During his half-hour appearance on To The Point, (to be broadcast Sunday August 14th at 10 a.m.) he was asked about charges made by the gay and lesbian community during a protest that he is intolerant.

"The Florida lesbian, gay and transgender organization decides they're going to boycott anyone who wants to come to listen to me. Now, who is intolerant?" West asked.

When asked if he would run for the U.S. Senate, West said he can't be talked into it right now, but the door is "cracked very slightly" to the option of running.

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