WASHINGTON -- Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) spent part of Mother's Day weekend talking about motorcycles -- and how if someone went for a ride on his bike, it would be like that person was "touching [his] wife."

West was talking about his plans to ride his motorcycle to the Republican convention in Tampa this summer when, during an interview with a California radio show, the host asked West if he could take a ride on West's Honda VTX 1800R retro.

"That would be like touching my wife," West said, according to a report in Sun-Sentinel, a South Florida newspaper.

When the radio show host said it wouldn't be quite the same thing, West doubled down.

"Yes," he said. "It would be."

A request for clarification by West's spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

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