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Franken Takes On Lieberman As Tensions Builds In Senate

lieb211.jpgTensions stemming from the prolonged debate on health care flared Thursday afternoon when Democratic Sen. Al Franken, who was the presiding officer, refused to let Sen. Joe Lieberman finish his speech on the senate floor.

Lieberman, the bane of the Democratic Party’s liberal base because of his opposition to creating a public option and expanding Medicare, was speaking about preserving the Medicare trust fund.

After his allotted ten minutes, Lieberman – an independent from Connecticut who sits with the Democratic caucus – asked for more time to finish his speech, a request customarily granted in the venerable chamber.

“In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object,” replied Franken.

“Really?” Lieberman asked, seeming surprised by the rejection. “Okay,” he continued with a chuckle, “I don’t take it personally.”

Immediately following the exchange, Lieberman’s closest Republican ally, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, came to his defense.

“I must say that I don’t know what’s happening here in this body, but I think its wrong,” said McCain. “I have been around here for 20-some years. [This is] the first time I have ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks.”

A spokesperson for Franken explained that Lieberman was told to stop peaking because Senate leaders were enforcing the strict time limits so they could finish a defense spending bill and get to the health bill.

Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, said, “We did that to maintain order and [so] that no senator had an unfair advantage over another in terms of speaking. It was a simple request of the leader and Sen. Franken was adhering to the request of his leadership.”

Later in the evening it appeared that Lieberman and Franken had made amends, as they could be seen talking, laughing and even hugging on the Senate floor.

(Source: CNN)

10 Responses

  1. franken is very dangerous!!! he is a pseudo comedian who communicates with the flair of an actor- extremely liberal, outspoken and rabidly anti- conservative at every juncture!! another reason for strong tefillos and the help of the ribbono shel olam..

  2. So Frankenstein gets his way and its all of a sudden ok to follow rules but the other day when all 750 pages of the socialist single payer healthcare bill were being read, the libs BROKE THE RULES and allowed the bill to be pulled without a vote? A vote where even if ONE person votes to continue reading, they have to read.

    Bottom line is the left are a bunch of crooks who are interested in stealing YOUR money and controlling you. GET RID THE BUMS IN 2010!!!

  3. 1 & 2 I agree and add that Franken just likes to kvetch to get attention. He should not last long, at least not through the next election.

  4. Franken is Jewish, his wife of (as he’s fond of pointing out, altz family values) 30odd years is not. But he’s the definitive tinok shenishba, you gotta feel for him.

  5. 9, I dont feel for him for a second. I feel for the people of MN that got stuck with this clown as their senator and I feel for this country to have a senator like him.

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