In an interview on “The Today Show” on NBC, Clyburn rejected the GOP argument that a speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just before the vote led to a wave of Republican defections.
“It’s amazing to me that we can be so sophomoric to believe that a politician would not give a political speech,” Clyburn said.
“If we are going to sit down and solve this problem as adults, I don’t think adults would blame this on a speech on the floor of the House. That is pretty juvenile to me.”
Clyburn said blame for the failed bill lies with Republicans, who did not deliver the number of votes they had promised.
However, Republican Rep. Tom Price, who voted against the bill, defended those who dissented.
“I think it’s important to get this vote right, not get it quick,” Price said.