New York Rep. Charles Rangel has shot back at President Barack Obama's recent comment that he "end his career with dignity."
Speaking at a candidate's forum Monday night in New York City, Rangel said the president hasn't "been around long enough to determine what my dignity is."
The 80-year-old congressman said it was more likely he would protect Obama's dignity over the next two years.
A House ethics panel has accused the 20-term Democrat from Harlem of ethics violation charges. Rangel has vowed to fight the charges and is refusing to resign. He says he is focusing on his re-election.
Obama said three weeks ago that he was sure Rangel wanted to "be able to end his career with dignity" and said he hoped it would happen.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com