Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence has apologized for comparing the Supreme Court's health care ruling to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Republican nominee said in a teleconference with reporters that his remarks "were thoughtless" and that he never intended to minimize any tragedy the nation has faced.
Pence made the Sept. 11 reference while speaking to other Republican members of the U.S. House in a closed-door meeting shortly after the court issued its ruling Thursday.
Democratic candidate John Gregg chided Pence. Gregg says comparing the U.S. legislative and judicial process to a terrorist attack "is deeply disturbing and wrong." Gregg says Pence owes a direct apology to the firefighters, first responders and the families of thousands of Americans who died in the attacks.