Burr Apologizes for ‘Bull’s-Eye’ Remark About Clinton

Said previously he was surprised Clinton’s face on a magazine didn’t have a bull’s-eye

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr was criticized by his Democratic opponent Deborah Ross for the remark. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Richard M. Burr apologized Monday for comments he made over the weekend alluding to a bull’s-eye on Hillary Clinton’s face.

The North Carolina Republican, who is facing a tough re-election race against Democrat Deborah Ross, made the remark when speaking in Mooresville, North Carolina, noting that he had seen a rifle magazine with Clinton’s face on the cover.

“I was a little bit shocked that it didn’t have a bull’s-eye on it,” Burr said.

He eventually apologized when the audio was both posted on YouTube and released to CNN.

“The comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologize for it,” Burr said Monday.

However, Ross lambasted Burr for making the remarks.

“Sen. Burr joked about violence against another person,” Ross said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a disturbing pattern of Sen. Burr failing to represent North Carolina values.”

The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race a Tossup.

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