LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California congressman says he regrets forcefully grabbing another House member during a tense campaign debate but says he was not threatening his rival with physical violence.
The confrontation Thursday between Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman came during the stretch run of a nasty contest for a Los Angeles-area seat.
The taller Sherman seized the shoulder of the 71-year-old Berman during the debate at a San Fernando Valley college, yanked him toward his chest and shouted, "You want to get into this?"
Sherman, who is 57, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday that he should not have touched Berman.
He stopped short of blaming Berman for instigating the confrontation, but emphasized that Berman had walked across the stage and was shouting in his face.