Sen. Specter Apologizes For Telling Polish Jokes

Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania says he's sorry for the Polish jokes he told at a luncheon in New York. He was giving a little speech, so he tried to lighten the mood with some jokes. After the New York Post reported his jokes, Specter apologized to Polish groups. The Republican says the jokes went over the line of good taste.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Senator Arlen Specter says he's sorry for the jokes he told at a lunch in New York. He was giving a little speech. So, of course, he lightened the mood with a couple of Polish jokes. One was about the guy who tells a Polish joke, but promises to tell it slowly so his Polish listener can understand. After the New York Post reported these jokes, Specter apologized to Polish groups. The news organizations that covered the incident included Polish radio. It's Morning Edition.

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