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What Did Bob Beckel Call Mitt Romney That Resulted in an On-Air Apology?


"I take that back."

On Wednesday, Bob Beckel, co-host of Fox News Channel's "The Five," tore into presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, calling him a "punk" with the "personality of a Ken doll."

"He’s never done anything," Beckel said of Romney, getting himself worked up. "He’s a hedge fund operator who didn’t release his taxes and then put -- had tax havens for people who didn’t want to pay U.S. taxes."

"Mitt Romney actually has a resume with considerable experience and, as Andrea stated, he is definitely crushing it against Obama in terms of the economy," fellow co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle replied.

"You mind telling me what his resume is? Bain Capital. Anything else," Beckel shot back.

Beckel went on: "Romney is a Ken doll with all the personality of a Ken doll."

Still questioning his credentials to run for president, Beckel asked why Romney's favorability was so low among voters.

"I'm in the business of trying to beat this punk," Beckel added.

However after having a commercial break to think about his outburst, he apologized:

First of all, let me say one thing – I was not asked to say this – I called Romney a punk in the last segment. I got a little overheated because I’m outnumbered four to one, but I take that back. I don’t think he’s a punk, I think he’s a nice guy. I think he’s not very good to be President of the United States – as a matter of fact, he’s terrible.

"That is not a good apology," Guilfoyle said.

Watch Beckel lose his temper and call Romney a "punk" on the Fox News Channel via Mediaite below:

And the apology that  followed shortly after:

(h/t: Mediaite)

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