Senator Tom Coburn: “People Ought To Pray…That Somebody Can’t Make The Vote Tonight”
So desperate is Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to stop health care reform that he spoke on the floor of the Senate saying “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.”
Minutes later Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) interrupted the speech of his colleague Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and he called on Coburn to return to the floor and explain his statement that he was praying for a Democratic Senator to suffer harm or misfortune, which would prevent the lawmaker from the roll call for the middle of the night vote:
“I have been trying to reach Sen. Coburn. … This statement troubles me, and I’m trying to reach him come back to the floor and explain exactly what he meant about a senator being unable to make the vote tonight. … I’m reaching out to Sen. Coburn. I’ll be on the floor for the next 45 minutes, and I hope that he will join me there.”
This is the same senator who told seniors that if health care reform passes, “You’re going to die soon.” Jim Manley, speaking for Majority Leader Harry Reid, called Coburn’s comment “repulsive.”Click here for reuse options!
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