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Interior secretary apologizes for reporter threat

Published on November 15, 2012 3:01AM

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U.S Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answers questions during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska,  in April 2009 after holding a public hearing on the federal government’s proposed five-year oil and gas leasing program. Salazar says natural gas is an important part of the country’s energy mix.

Al Grillo/Associated Press U.S Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answers questions during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2009 after holding a public hearing on the federal government’s proposed five-year oil and gas leasing program. Salazar says natural gas is an important part of the country’s energy mix.

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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.




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




Copyright 2012 The AP.



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