Sec. of Interior Apologizes for Threatening to Punch Out Reporter

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


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.