(CNN) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Monday night for describing some Congressional Republicans as "wusses" who are being "wobbly" on conservative principles in the fiscal cliff debate.
"Well I guess I shouldn't call politicians names, so I apologize for calling the wobbly ones wusses," Palin said on Fox News.
Days earlier, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee cautioned on the same network that some Republicans were compromising too much in the deficit-reduction battle taking place in Washington.
Lawmakers face an end-of-the-year deadline to reach an agreement before a large amount of tax hikes and spending cuts kick in. Democrats and Republicans are at a virtual stalemate over whether to raise tax rates on the wealthy--a provision that many in the GOP are actively working to prevent.
"Republicans, don't get wobbly on us. Don't be wusses about this," she said Friday. "We just elected you as representatives of the people to get there in Washington, D.C. and rein it in."
To the federal government, Palin pleaded: "Become as irrelevant in our lives as possible, please."
The conservative firebrand later regretted her choice of words, saying the calling of names "distracts from the point that has to be made."
"The point is that we are a bankrupt country," she added. "There isn't enough money in the world to pay back the future generations that we have stolen from and foreign countries that we have borrowed from and, through quantitative easing, the money that has been printed out of thin air."
Palin, however, stood by her stance that the problem stems from President Barack Obama's leadership and she has urged Congress to "work around those failed ideas coming from the president."
Also on Friday, Palin insisted that because of the nation's increasing debt, the country "has already gone over the cliff."
"It's just a matter of how hard are we going to thump down there at the bottom of the cliff," she said.