Department of Interior

Sec. of Interior Apologizes for Threatening to Punch Out Reporter

Did not like being asked about agency decisions at an Obama event

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U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar personally apologized Wednesday for threatening to "punch out" a Colorado Springs Gazette reporter and agreed to sit for an in-depth interview.

"I want you to hear me loud and clear.  I shouldn't have said that," Salazar told reporter Dave Philipps when he called to apologize just before 1 p.m. "To tell the truth, the wild horse issue has been the most difficult issue we have dealt with. We've had hundreds of meetings on it and there are still a lot of problems."

Salazar also sent Philipps a letter of apology.