Pence's comments, however, were overshadowed by Stutzman, a former Congressional colleague, who insisted that House Republicans wanted something from Democrats in the continuing standoff, but weren't sure exactly what.
"We're not going to be disrespected," Stutzman told a Washington Examiner reporter Wednesday. "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."
By Thursday Stutzman's quote had become the gaffe of choice for national Democrats looking to paint Republicans as obstructionists and was mocked pointedly by Obama during a speech in Maryland. Stutzman quickly issued a statement saying that his comments did not reflect the stance of House Republicans.
The unlikely victor following Stutzman's remarks may have been Rokita, who had taken heat for calling the federal health care law "insidious" but compounded his troubles in a follow-up interview on CNN Wednesday.
Rokita told CNN anchor Carol Costello "You're beautiful, but you have to be honest as well." She ended the on-air interview at that comment. Rokita, a sophomore Republican, later said he meant no offense to Costello.