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Wash. Rep. Baird apologizes for town-hall remarks

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WASHINGTON. - A Washington state congressman is apologizing for his criticism of raucous town-hall meetings on health care, and is now scheduling some in-person meetings of his own.

Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., recently said people disrupting other lawmakers' town halls were exhibiting a "lynch mob mentality" and "close to Brownshirt tactics," a reference to Nazi stormtroopers.

In a statement Wednesday, Baird says he was wrong to use those words. He also calls for a more civil debate on health care, and says he's going to hold five town-hall meetings during Congress' current recess.

Baird had previously planned telephone conference calls during the recess.

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