Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) was asked Monday at a town town hall meeting whether or not he would vote to shut down the U.S. government in order to defund Obamacare, a plan promoted by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
A video (below) of the bizarre moment at Queen’s University of Charlotte was recorded by the tea party group ConstitutionalWar.org.
An angry Tea Party member asked Rep. Pittenger, "This is what the Tea Party wants to know, will you vote with Mike Lee… to defund Obamacare? Yes or no?”
Rep. Pittenger responded. “Do you want me to give a thoughtful answer?”
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“I want yes or no,” snapped the Tea Party member, who was not in the mood for "thoughtful."
“No. You got your answer,” said Rep. Pittenger, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
The Tea Partier shot back: “If every Republican votes against it, it does not get funded, that’s a fact."
However, Rep. Pittenger corrected the man: “It has to pass the Senate and be signed by the President of the United States. Do you think Harry Reid is going to pass that in the Senate?”
A female Tea Party then yelled: “It doesn’t matter! We need to show the American people we stand for conservative values!”