CNN Suspends Robert Novak After He Swears, Walks Off Set

NEW YORK (AP) _ Stations: Note deleted expletive in fourth graf :CNN has suspended commentator Robert Novak indefinitely after he cursed and walked off the set today during a debate with Democratic operative James Carville.

The exchange during CNN's "Inside Politics" came during a discussion of Florida's Senate campaign. Carville and Novak were both trying to speak while they were handicapping the GOP candidacy of Katherine Harris.

Carville, addressing the camera, said: "He's got to show these right wingers that he's got a backbone, you know. It's why the Wall Street Journal editorial page is watching you. Show 'em that you're tough."

Novak replied: "Well, I think that's bull---- and I hate that. Just let it go."

As moderator Ed Henry stepped in to ask Carville a question, Novak walked off the set.

A CNN spokeswoman called Novak's behavior "inexcusable and unacceptable." She says Novak has apologized to CNN, and that CNN is apologizing to viewers.

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