At a candidates' forum Monday night in Harlem, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) made clear what he thought about President Obama's suggestion he "end his career with dignity."

"Frankly, he has not been around long enough to determine what my dignity is," Rangel said of the president. "For the next two years, I will be more likely to protect his dignity."

State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV (D), who's considered Rangel's top primary challenger, harangued the congressman for his "years and years of corruption."

He then tried metaphor.

"In order to have good fruit, you must have a healthy tree,” Powell said, paraphrasing the Book of Matthew. "We not longer have a healthy tree, and we won’t have healthy fruit if this continues."

But from the crowd's reaction, it seems Rangel still has popular support in his district.

Glancing around the Baptist church, Rangel asked, "Adam, is he here?" He continued: "He truly believes that I should resign, so that somebody else should take my place."

The crowd, according to The New York Times, yelled: "No!"

"He is the only one to say this," Rangel added. "I think it’s creative. ... But if it's OK with my doctor, I am going to serve the next two years."