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 ScaliseScalise: Trump wants Congress to solve shutdown problem Scalise on Steve King's white supremacy remarks: 'There is no place for hate' House votes to reopen Interior, EPA as shutdown fight wages on 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.