VIDEO: Congressman Attacking College Student Goes Viral

Jun. 15 2010, Published 6:45 a.m. ET

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One hit deserves another. So in that vein, a home video of a North Carolina congressman taking a swipe at a college student has gone viral - already racking up more than a million-and-a-half hits on YouTube in just one day.

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In the video, we see two young men approaching Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Democrat from the Tar heel State, on a Washington, DC sidewalk and ask him if he supports the "Obama agenda."

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"Who are you?" asked a clearly agitated Etheridge, grabbing one of the cameras and pointing it down.

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The young men say they are students.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Etheridge apologized for his behavior and "poor response" to the situation.

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"I have seen the video posted on several blogs," Etheridge said. "I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction and I apologize to all involved. Throughout my many years of service to the people of North Carolina, I have always tried to treat people from all viewpoints with respect. No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response. I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."

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