Bunning Apologizes For Cursing

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning has apologized for using profanity in his weekly conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

The Republican from Kentucky swore when he told reporters he wouldn't release the results of an internal political poll conducted in February. The irascible Hall of Famer said "it's none of your ... business" what the poll results showed.

He released a statement on Wednesday that said: "I am sorry for taking the Lord's name in vain. After 59 years of dealing with the media, sometimes they get under your skin, but that is no excuse."

Bunning has been elected twice to the Senate, but is seen as vulnerable in next year's election after nearly losing his 2004 re-election bid to a then little-known Democrat from eastern Kentucky.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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