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Debbie Wasserman Schultz takes back tough words, but says Gov. Scott Walker still 'bad for Wisconsin women

This Aug. 23, 2013 file photo shows Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Thursday took back her words but stopped short of an apology for saying Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is giving women "the back of his hand," and still insisted that Walker is promoting policies that are "bad for Wisconsin women."

"I shouldn't have used the words I used," Wasserman Schultz said. "But that shouldn't detract from the broader point that I was making that Scott Walker's policies have been bad for Wisconsin women, whether it's mandating ultrasounds, repealing an equal pay law, or rejecting federal funding for preventative health care, Walker's record speaks for itself."

FILE - This Aug. 23, 2013 file photo shows Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, speaks to party members during their summer meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Millionaires and billionaires are increasing their influence in federal elections, forcing the parties to play more limited roles, and raising questions about who sets the agenda in campaigns. In a handful of key Senate races, the biggest and loudest players so far are well-funded groups that don’t answer to any candidate or political party-such as the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Some veteran lawmakers worry about the clout of the Republican and Democratic parties, which have dominated U.S. politics since the Civil War. The recent Supreme Court ruling appears unlikely to reduce the role that outside groups are playing. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said she should not have used tough words against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but said nonetheless that Walker pursues anti-woman policies. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

"As for the issue of domestic violence, it's unacceptable that a majority of congressional Republicans opposed this critical legislation, of which I was a proud cosponsor, after blocking its reauthorization for more than a year," she added. She did not offer any apology in her short statement.

Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday compared Walker's policies with violent acts against women, such as slapping them and pulling their hair.

"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand," she said. "I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality."

She also said Republicans like Walker are "grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back."

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