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    U.S. Rep. Allen West, the Republican with strong tea party support, is known for his strong rhetoric. Here are some of his most notable comments.

    What is Allen West's most noteworthyl comment?

    • "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat Party who are members of the Communist Party," -- Responding to a question at a Jensen Beach town hall meeting, April 2012.
    • "If Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine," -- Comparing what he sees as Democrats' influence over the news media to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, December 2011.
    • "I need a bucket," -- Telling a radio interviewer what he thinks of when someone mentions the name of his colleague, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, September 2011.
    • "I am not sitting up here and condemning people who call themselves Muslims. Now is the time we have to challenge this ideology. If we are to peacefully coexist they have to come into the 21st Century and push aside a lot of these 7th Century ideas they still hold, -- Describing his views on Islam, September 2011.
    • "I like chocolate chip ice cream and I will continue to like chocolate chip ice cream. So there's no worry about me changing to vanilla. I like to, you know, ride my motorcycle. What do you want me to do? You want me to change my behavior and ride a scooter? I'm not into that," -- Explaining that gay people can change their behavior, but they shouldn't have to, August 2011.
    • "You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.... You have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me!" -- Email to Wasserman Schultz, July 2011.
    • A "cretin" and "pathetic liberal" who should be "scared to come out of his house," and a "mama's boy" because his party's leader in the House was Nancy Pelosi. -- Description of his 2008 and 2010 opponent, then-U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, 2010 campaign.
    • "I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool," -- Weekly email update to constituents, July 2011.
    • "I'm here as the modern day Harriet Tubman" who can help rescue blacks from the Democratic Party by leading them "on the underground railroad away from that plantation," Describing himself, August 2011.
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One note about the Fox interview (above): What West didn’t explain in his Fox appearance is that the recount he talked about put him even farther behind victor Patrick Murphy than he'd been through previous counts. Also, he didn't note (but did in his written statement acknowledging the results) is that he didn’t think he had any chance of victory if he continued attempts to challenge the results.

Not all Republicans are as fond of West as Fox.

Roger Stone, the political operative for Richard Nixon, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that, "Allen West blew lost re-election because he never understood his election was a fluke and that he & his wife KNOW NOTHING about politics."