Gibbs fires back at Pence over spill response

White House Press Secretary shot back at a top Republican on Wednesday for questioning the Obama administration's responsiveness to an oil spill.

Gibbs questioned how House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) could criticize the administration's response to the Gulf of Mexico spill as too slow.

"It sounds as badly informed as I think it is," Gibbs said at his daily press briefing.

The administration has been somewhat sensitive to comparisons between President Barack Obama's response to the oil spill, and President George W. Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina. Gibbs mixed it up earlier this week with a Fox News correspondent after it hosted the much-maligned FEMA director during the hurricane, Michael Brown, to compare the two.

Gibbs pointed to the actions the administration's taken since the spill, including an 18-page document on the White House website explaining the federal response to the spill.

"What exactly in that response did Mr. Pence find lacking?" Gibbs asked.