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Salazar on Wednesday called Dave Philipps, a reporter with The Gazette of Colorado Springs, to apologize and offer him an interview. The apology came a day after the newspaper posted an audio recording of Salazar's Election Day comments.

The exchange was first made public Tuesday by the Cloud Foundation, a wild horse advocacy organization, and the website Politico. Philipps had attempted to ask Salazar about the federal government's controversial wild horse management program and Salazar's ties to a wild horse buyer.

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According to the Gazette, Philipps had been stymied for months in his attempts to reach Salazar through his press secretary to discuss the issue prior to approaching Salazar at a campaign event in Fountain.

In the audio, Salazar is heard accusing Philipps of setting him up by asking about the proponent.

Salazar tells the reporter: "If you do that to me again, I'll punch you out."

Salazar at first simply said Wednesday that he regretted the exchange. But the newspaper called on him to apologize.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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