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Interior secretary apologizes for reporter threat

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is apologizing for threatening to punch a Colorado reporter who asked him about problems with the government's wild horse program at a campaign event.

Salazar on Wednesday called Dave Philipps, a reporter with The Gazette of Colorado Springs, to apologize and offer him an interview. The apology came a day after the newspaper (http://bit.ly/ZLfB5r) posted an audio recording of Salazar's Election Day comments.

In the audio, Salazar is heard accusing Philipps of setting him up by asking about a Colorado horse slaughter proponent who has bought hundreds of wild horses.

Salazar tells the reporter: "If you do that to me again, I'll punch you out."

Salazar at first simply said Wednesday that he regretted the exchange. But the newspaper called on him to apologize.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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