Two members of the Tea Party challenged President Obama this week on comments attributed to the Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden reportedly agreed with congressional Democrats who called Tea Party members "terrorists."
Earlier this month, Biden told CBS News that published reports that he compared Tea Party-linked lawmakers to "terrorists" were "absolutely not true."
Instead, the vice president explained, "What happened was there were some people who said they felt like they were being held hostage by terrorists. I never said that they were terrorists or weren't terrorists, I just let them vent."
Activist Ryan Rhodes confronted Obama directly about Biden's remarks as the president worked the crowd in Iowa on Monday.
Rhodes: "How is your vice president calling us terrorists?
Obama: "Sir. Sir, I'll look."
Rhodes: "I'd like to understand that."
Obama: "OK. OK, I'll explain that right now. He, He did not call you guys terrorists."
Rhodes: "He said we were acting like terrorists, hostage takers."
Obama: "No. No, what he said was for us to be willing to take the economy to the brink was irresponsible. And it was. Now the truth of the matter is, considering what is said about me consistently."
A woman next to Rhodes also spoke up.
Woman: "He's the second person in your administration to call the right wing people "terrorists." Janet Napolitano did it first."
Obama: "No. No. No. That's not."
Woman: "She said we're right wing extremists."
Obama: "Well, that is true. Timothy McVeigh should be. You wouldn't disagree with that."
Woman: "You do realize that 90% of domestic terrorist attacks are done by left wing environmental radicals and not people like me."
Rhodes: "That's reasonable. A balanced budget is reasonable."
Another man in the crowd addressed Rhodes.
Man: "Where were you during the Bush years?"
Rhodes: "I didn't appreciate Bush. This started then."
Obama: "All he was saying was.he wasn't objecting to the balanced budget amendment. He was objecting to us almost defaulting."
Rhodes: "Then why doesn't someone pass the balanced budget amendment. It's simple. We can pass that and nothing else."
Obama: "It doesn't sound like you're interested in listening."
Rhodes: "But you haven't listened either."