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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON BBC INTERVIEW

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the BBC asked to speak with Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) regarding the riots in his hometown.  This evening, Congressman Pittenger became aware that one of his answers had caused offense, and he issued this heartfelt response:

“What is taking place in my hometown right now breaks my heart.  My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret.  The answer doesn’t reflect who I am.  I was quoting statements made by angry protestors last night on national TV.  My intent was to discuss the lack of economic mobility for African-Americans because of failed policies.  I apologize to those I offended and hope we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.”

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