Rep. Joe Barton Clarifies, Apologizes, Reconstrues

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Just now, Rep. Joe Barton took a point of “personal privilege” to clarify his much discussed remarks this morning to BP CEO Tony Hayward.

“I think BP is responsible for this accident, should be held responsible,” Barton said, before adding that he also thinks the company should pay for costs of the spill. “If anything I have said this morning has been misconstrued to an opposite effect, I want to apologize for that misconstruction,” he added.

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