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Sen. Tom Coburn Apologizes on Senate Floor for Calling Harry Reid 'Incompetent

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“I don’t apologize for my frustration with this place, but occasionally my words are harsh and inaccurate.”

Sen. Tom Coburn took to the Senate floor on Monday to apologize for some brutally honest remarks he made about Harry Reid. Mainly, that Reid -- the senate majority leader -- was "incompetent."

"If you want to ask why the Senate isn't working, there's one reason; it's called Harry Reid," Coburn said last week on C-SPAN. "Incompetent and incapable of carrying on the leadership in the Senate."

Reid took exception to the remarks and told the Huffington Post about a private conversation he had with Coburn regarding them.

"I said, 'Uh, Dr. Coburn, you know I -- you have given me a lot of trouble, but I would never, ever say anything about you, even though I think what you do is absolutely wrong, what you've done to hurt the country. Why would you say anything like that?'" Reid said. "And he said, 'I'm gonna pray about it.'...So maybe he did, I haven't heard back from him, but I know what he said."

Apparently after having time to think and pray, a humble Coburn decided to apologize:

“I don’t apologize for my frustration with this place, but occasionally my words are harsh and inaccurate,” he said. “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 I think is being done to the country.”

“As an individual, he has a very difficult time, and I understand that, and to whom I ask his forgiveness,” Coburn added.

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