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02/04/2014 02:11 pm ET | Updated Feb 04, 2014

Ryan Zinke, GOP House Candidate, Says He Was Too 'Harsh' Comparing Hillary Clinton To The Anti-Christ

Republican House candidate Ryan Zinke admitted Monday that calling Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ" perhaps wasn't the best comparison.

In an interview with the Daily Inter Lake, Zinke said he doesn't really believe she's the anti-Christ, although he still is critical of her time as secretary of state due to the deaths of four Americans in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

"I would say this: It was perhaps a little harsh," said Zinke, a retired Navy SEAL and former Montana state senator. "But I had two friends in Benghazi and the truth does matter."

Zinke is one of a handful of Republicans trying to succeed Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who is expected to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.).

Zinke made his controversial remark last week, during a campaign stop in Bigfork, Mont.

"We need to focus on the real enemy,” said Zinke at the time, referring to Clinton as the "anti-Christ."

In 2012, while still serving in the legislature, Zinke launched a super PAC called Special Operations for America that opposed President Barack Obama.

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