June 14th, 2010
12:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Etheridge apologizes for confrontation

(CNN) - Rep. Bob Etheridge apologized Monday for his physical confrontation with two young men who identified themselves as students and asked if the North Carolina Democrat "fully supports the Obama agenda."

"I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina , I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

Earlier: Congressman involved in on-camera confrontation

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    EXCUSE ME, is there any Honest Law Enforcement people out there.

    This is called ASSULT and BATTERY.
    I am hoping the Parents are going to sue this clown and have him arrested.

    The video is out and stries about it out.

    He shoul;d have already been arrested.

    June 14, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. mike

    He should concider himself lucky the students' parents don't chanrge him with assault for beating up on teenagers.

    June 14, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. nan

    wow, the carolina gop is really kicking into high gear arent they, first they plant the greene thing, and now this, They are so dirty I wouldnt trust my own eyes in these states.

    June 14, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Redeye80

    I've seen the video as well Mr. Etheridge, you sould be charged with assault and unlawful detention. The only reason you are sorry is you got caught. Disgusting!!!!

    June 14, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Sarge

    This report must confuse your readers somewhat... carrying an apology for an incident from last week which, as far as I can tell, you did not report on until a bare 30 minutes before the congressman's apology was posted.

    Not that anyone would suggest any impropriety, of course... just a lack of interest.

    June 14, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. james

    I just sent a nice letter to the Attorney General of North Carolina.

    I asked why this man has not been arrested and in Jail.

    It is assult and battery and that is a FELONY.

    I told the AG it is his job to enforce the law, ALL LAWS.


    June 14, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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