MADISON (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is backtracking from comments she made comparing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s record on women’s issues to a slap.

Wasserman Schultz on Thursday issued a statement saying she “shouldn’t have used the words I used.” Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday said in Milwaukee that “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”

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In her statement Thursday, the Florida congresswoman says her comments shouldn’t detract from the broader point she was making that Walker’s policies have been bad for women.

A spokeswoman for Walker’s Democratic opponent Mary Burke made a similar statement, saying Wasserman Schultz should not have used those terms when referring to Walker’s record on women’s issues.

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