GOP candidate says he chose bad 'metaphor' with face-stomping comments

GOP candidate says he chose bad 'metaphor' with face-stomping comments
© Scott Wagner for Governor

Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R) took down a video saying that he would "stomp all over" Gov. Tom Wolf's (D) face Friday, stating that he had chosen a "poor metaphor" in making the comments.

Wagner said that "I shouldn't have said what I said" in the Facebook video livestreamed Friday.

Wagner told PennLive.com that he meant his remarks as a "metaphor for how he will approach the final stretch of the campaign."

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The remarks had been criticized by House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Trump hits Amash after congressman doubles down on impeachment talk Trump encouraged Scalise to run for governor in Louisiana: report MORE (R-La.), who has been going after Democrats for their rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Scalise, who was seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice last year, said "there is absolutely no place in our politics for this kind of rhetoric."

Wolf is heavily favored in the contest, with a number of polls showing he has a double-digit lead.