04/19/2012 11:23 am ET Updated Apr 19, 2012

Allen West Refuses To Name 'Communist' Democratic Representatives

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), who claimed up to 80 House Democrats were Communists, refused to name any of them when asked Thursday on CNN.

Asked by CNN's Soledad O'Brien to name specific representatives, West instead said, "Communist, progressive, Marxist, statest… I’m looking at the ideologies, I’m looking at the things they believe in and if you don’t think that we have to stand upon truth and be able to identify and clearly contrast the different principles and values and ideologies … here in this country then we’re never going to get to the fact of accepting the true debate that is happening in America."

West has a history of controversial comments, which have included comparing himself to Harriet Tubman and saying Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels would be proud of the Democratic party.

Here's a look at some other notable statements from West:

The World According To Allen West