January 22nd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Coleman packs, vows to continue legal fight

 Minnesota's Norm Coleman predicts he'll be back in the U.S. Senate after his legal battle.

Minnesota's Norm Coleman predicts he'll be back in the U.S. Senate after his legal battle.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Norm Coleman began packing his Capitol Hill office Wednesday, but said he has no intention of giving up his legal fight to serve another term in Congress.

Coleman, a Republican from Minnesota, trails Democrat Al Franken by 225 votes. But in an interview with CNN, Coleman claimed Franken's lead was "artificial" and expressed hope that the Minnesota courts will rule in his favor on ballot disputes when a court hearing begins next week.

"I really do have a sense of confidence that this will work itself out the right away," Coleman said.

Franken, the comedian-turned liberal talk show host, was also on Capitol Hill on Wednesday meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, "to discuss the legislative agenda, especially the economic stimulus" plan, a Reid spokesman said.

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  1. Leo

    Coleman is a cockroach

    January 22, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Karen- Change is coming

    Give it up Coleman you lost. It's amazing that the Republicans are into themselves so much that they can't accept defeat! UNREAL!

    January 22, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Jim from MN

    Go away Norm and stop wasting my tax dollars! Let me and the other people of MN have our equal representation in the Senate!

    If you took the high road and not acted the way you have you might have stood a fighting chance the next election. Now you are likely never to hold a significant government position in MN because of the way you have handled this.

    January 22, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. brett

    every vote SHOULD be count... Al Franken favor choose the lousy ballet, make it consider to be count...

    That is WRONG.... therefore, Court made the mistake to break the law... so that will affect people of USA will BREAK more law within few years.... we MUST stick with law!

    Bad USA.... exactly alike Burris's become senate by BREAK the congress's law to required State of sect to sign the paper.... which they did not.. so congress let him by stupid bill to let Burris to become senate..

    where is REAL law? I better let Russia to come here to take care for us.

    January 22, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Matt

    ooooh, someone please post the quote from Coleman from after the initial election results when he said somethign about Franken doing what's best for the country blah blah by conceding, etc. I can't find it and it shows what a raging GOPer hypocrite he is.

    January 22, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. LIP

    With this logic, I suppose some could say that Franken should have conceeded, back when Coleman was ahead by 600 votes at the end of the first count. Again, I say that we should simply follow the lead of the Democrats and make every vote count. There are 11,000 votes, 4 times the amount of any other election in Minnesota, that were rejected for many reasons. 6,000 of those were absentee ballots and I remember the stink the Dems made over absentee ballots not being counted back in 2004. This is cause for many to look suspiciously at the methods used for rejection, so this needs to go to the court for verification.

    January 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Denise

    What a pathetic, sad, little man

    January 22, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. rich

    What took him so long to pack?

    January 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. RP

    Coleman should NOT concede. Al Franken is a raving lunatic and should not be allowed to step foot in D.C. Franken is trying to steal the election by the double counting of ballots. He is a joke and should go back to comedy even though he was terrible at that too.

    January 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    I say if these two children can't figure it out, it should be given to the third party candidate. This is ridiculous, MN is not having full representation. Pathetic....I see more ambition in politicians than anywhere else....other than religious leaders.

    January 22, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. NickNasc

    WOW This has gone past desperation.

    What makes him look even more pitiful is the fact that he was INSISTING that Franken CONCEDE.

    Hubris the face of the GOP

    January 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Howard

    Don't go away mad, Norm. Just go away.

    January 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Brad, WA

    Ive seen this before with our governors race in 2004 between the same two candidates. it was won by fewer than 300 votes i think. but even then the loser left and came back again. coleman needs to do the same thing. leave and just let it go. its not like he has to worry about working anyways. senators are millionaires

    January 22, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Really?

    500 votes gave the supreme court the decision to nominate a pres, and it was done in closed rooms with no verification. This recount could be monitored on the net and the gop is acting with fake disappointment. Open and honest recounts really don't sit well with how they typically operate.

    January 22, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Everyone picks on Franken because he's a comedian...well, folks, look at the Governator of Calif, look at the "B" movie actor we had as a President and former Governor, look at Sonny Bono (who actually did a good job)....Nothing can really prepare someone for public office if you think about...

    January 22, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Canuck

    fight the power norm. we shall overcome!!!

    January 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Michael M. Noonan

    Is there any state sillier than Minnesotta, if for no other reason than it's hard to remember how to spell. Forget about Ventura and now the walking obscenity of Al Franken.

    January 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. CRob

    It is obvious that there has been (perhaps crminal) meddling with the election process in Minnesota/ Let the courts goon and decide about this...

    January 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Tom in Delaware

    Keep fighting...don't let the dirty tricks of George Soros bear fruit.

    Count all the votes.

    January 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. CRob

    It is obvious that there has been (perhaps criminal) meddling with the Minesota election process in this case. Let the Courts decide, and go with it...A good accounting od spending from eachside shoud also be done. As this race invoolves the entire United States, in regard to representationin the congress, we can not just roll over and shut up and let this commedian walk in...C.Rob

    January 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Independent Paul from Phoenix


    If this were reversed, and Franken was behind by 225 votes, you would lead the charge for him to continue fighting; saying that the election was being stolen.

    Your hypocricy oozes irony.

    January 22, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Marcus Allen

    From what I've read, many ballots should not have been counted (illegals, felons, sent in after the election as "absentee"). There should be no problem with doing the right thing and throwing out any suspicious votes that nullify the legal voting community for someone to legally server and represent.

    January 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. Todd C.

    hey Coleman,


    January 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. David

    So the country and and the state of Minnesota have to suffer because he can't except he lost.

    January 22, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. ANGIE

    HEY coleman, can you think of anyone but yourself. let it go.

    January 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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