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article imageSen. Udall apologizes for invoking slain journalists' names

By Larry Clifton     Sep 8, 2014 in Politics
Denver - Democrat incumbent Sen. Mark Udall faced criticism after invoking the names of two American journalists recently beheaded by ISIS terrorists to make a point during Saturday’s debate with Rep. Cory Gardner, the GOP Senate nominee.
Monday, Udall, of Colorado, apologized for claiming the beheaded U.S. journalists would agree the U.S. shouldn't "be impulsive" in dealing with ISIS.
"Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, 'Don't be impulsive,'" Udall said at the debate, as seen in the attached video. "Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don't be impulsive, come up with a plan to knock (ISIS) back."
It is not clear how the Senator would have such personal information about the two or whether he knew them at all. "I should not have invoked the names of James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It was inappropriate and I sincerely apologize," the Democrat said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Gardner blasted Udall after the comments were made during the debate saying "it's outrageous that Senator Udall would put words into the mouths of dead Americans." Garner also criticized Udall for saying ISIS is not "an imminent threat to America."
In Monday’s statement Udall stopped short of saying ISIS was an imminent threat to America, however he took the opportunity to try and clarify his position on ISIS.
In the statement, Udall said "these terrorists are a serious threat to U.S. interests and allies in the Middle East, and Americans are counting on their leaders to get this right."
"I will continue to push the Administration and demand that our country's approach is both tough and smart," he said.
Udall and Gardner are in a tight race that could decide which political party will control the Senate after November. Republicans need to pick up a net six seats to become the majority party.
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