Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, apologized Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.
A Coburn spokesman said the apology was for statements Coburn made on C-SPAN.
Here’s what Coburn said on a C-SPAN call-in show on July 19:
“If you want to ask why the Senate isn’t working, it’s one reason; it’s called Harry Reid _ incompetent and incapable of carrying on the tradition of the Senate.”
Here’s what Coburn said Monday:
“Madam President, I wished to come to the floor to talk about two or three subjects. The first is to issue an apology to the majority leader. I do not apologize for my frustration with this place, but occasionally my words are harsh and inaccurate. This past week, I used words that were inappropriate in describing his actions in the Senate, and for that I offer a public apology.
“I do not apologize for how I think the Senate is being run and the damage that I think is being done to the country, but as an individual, he has a very difficult time and I understand that and to him I ask his forgiveness.”
A Reid spokesman said Tuesday that the majority leader appreciates Coburn’s apology.