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10/13/2013 07:50 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2013

Louie Gohmert: A Debt Default Is 'An Impeachable Offense By The President'

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) isn't sure whether he'll support a debt limit deal, but he is sure of one thing: a debt default would be President Barack Obama's fault.

Lauren Windsor, a reporter for the Young Turks, asked Gohmert whether he'd support a bill that would raise the debt ceiling at the Values Voter Summit on Friday.

"The word 'deal' concerns me," he said. "If it's good for America."

When asked whether he would allow the government to default on its debt, Gohmert projected the responsibility for such circumstances onto Obama.

"No," he said, "that would be an impeachable offense by the president."

Gohmert has continuously attempted to diffuse blame for a potential breach of the debt ceiling -- and the government shutdown -- as an Oct. 17 debt limit deadline looms.

During a Friday interview with Glenn Beck, Gohmert reversed the "negotiating with a gun to our head" rhetoric used both by Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to say the Republican party has been put in a tough position during budget negotiations.

"We didn’t want the government shutdown,” Gohmert told Beck. “The President stood there and he said, ‘You are not going to use a gun.’ Are you kidding? And I heard Carney say yesterday, ‘We’re not going to allow the Republican Congress to force us to pay them to do their job.’ He’s got it exactly backwards. They are holding a gun to America’s head and saying, ‘Republicans: Give us all the money in the Treasury plus more than our children can ever pay for. And if you don’t, we’re going to burn down the country."

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