January 22nd, 2009
10:00 AM ET
7 months 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. Mari

    @ Insanity....... so true, the Republicans are hypocritical! It is so obvious!

    The Republicans continue to place their egos, their interests ahead of what is good for our Nation....... patriots? NO.

    A patriot concedes, a patriot cooperates, a patriot does not slam a new president that has just taken office during one of the worst periods in our history!

    Our Nation IS in a CRISIS, and the Republicans continue to obstruct, continue to put their egos above Country!

    ****WARNING***** to Republicans, we, the People are watching closely, be fair, be just, cooperate or the remaining few of your party WILL LOSE the next election.

    January 22, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Give the people their rightful Senator

    On Election day, the people had elected Coleman, and sadly, he has to fight amongst a very liberal judicial system to be able to get what he deserves to be, and that is Senator of his state.

    January 22, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Lee

    Another Liberal cheats his way in..go figure.

    January 22, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. MelissainMinneapolis

    I've got to agree with the comments made my insanity.

    I'm was not terribly excited about either Coleman or Franken, but ultimately went with Franken. In the beginning Coleman said Franken should just bow out to save time, money, energy, and good will since Coleman was ahead; where is that same argument now?

    As a Minnesotan, I just want the full value of my state's interests represented with two senators. Just move on!

    January 22, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Annette

    Politics vs Ego, which?

    January 22, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Move On!

    Coleman should concede for the good of the people of MN and try again next election. If he continues this battle his image will be one of arrogance, egotism, and selfiness; which is how most americans view republicans right now, which will damage his ability to ever get re-elected again. He needs to be reminded to "Live to fight another day"

    January 22, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. BB

    Pack and ship – why hang around and stir up more trouble? Is that the repuke mantra? If we can't win, we'll make a mess for everyone -- seems to be what's happening.

    January 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Ken in Dallas

    It's well past time for Coleman to take the advice he himself glibly offered to Franken before the recount.

    Oh, and Norm: Get a Job.

    January 22, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Billy J

    This is the same guy who thought his opponent should concede before the votes were counted 'for the good of the countries morale'. And the same guy who switched parties to win earlier. What a perfect example of what is wrong with our politicians.

    January 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Marcus

    I believe it will work itself out the right way too.... Coleman will not return to Washington... what an arrogant person to believe that the only only outcome of a vote count is one where he wins. Perhaps more people wanted someone else besides you Coleman?

    January 22, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Don in Albuquerque

    WaaaaaaaaaaH! They are not playing the way I want them too. Waah! Give it a rest idiot. Your time is over.

    January 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Cynthia

    Keep up the figth Coleman! I am a Minnesotan and want my vote to count! The recount was a joke in terms of consistency and fairness.

    January 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    If I was in Coleman's shoes I would continue with the law suit but I would get out of Washington. I would make it my goal to prove fraud was a part of this election and that it went totally along party lines. Then let Franken sit in taint of fraud. Franken would be forced out or at least be in the same shoes as blago minus the criminal charges. He would expose the corruption and could run in the next election. If this is not dismissed Coleman will win in court.

    January 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. liz

    It did turn out right, it turned out exactly as the voters wished. Why are Republicans such sore losers?

    January 22, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. richard

    Fight now, don't let the democrats steal another seat.

    January 22, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Mike

    what more is there to say, MN votes a washed out pro wrestler as the Gov. and a washed up comedian to the Senate.......

    January 22, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. jaye

    Another crook that should be jailed.

    January 22, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. LiviD

    @ liz

    Recent times (think 2000 presidential election) Have proven that polls are not infallible. These numbers are not definitive. This fight shall rage...
    The case wouldn't have been accepted without a decent amount of evidence. The fact is that we do not get to decide this one. We have (regrettfully) another Judical election going on here.

    January 22, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Lisa M

    Aren't the Republicans the ones who don't want to have counts and re-counts drag on?

    Oh yeah that's when they are winning.

    Tell ya what Al, why don't you take it to the US Supreme Court like Georgie boy did. They should tell Coleman that his actions are causing damage to you.

    January 22, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Franken

    richard: Only Republicans steal elections like they did in Florida 2000 & Ohio 2004 but those days are long over because Obama/Biden will be in power until 2016 and after that another Democrat will be elected as well.

    Norm Coleman is a Sore Loser!

    What happened to the corruption & criminal charges/investigation against him?

    Norm Coleman joins a very long list of CORRUPT Republicans such as: Richard Nixon, Warren G. Harding, Ted Stevens, North Dakota Republicans, Oliver North, George W. Bush, Tom Delay, Michael Foley, "Scooter" Libby and many more(these are just the ones they have caught, there are many more that have not been caught...yet)

    January 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. MikeH

    Yes Norm, it is working out the 'right way', you are going away, Al is setting up shop.

    January 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Hawkey

    For two months now all you hear is Hannity ranting about how Al Franken will try every trick in the book, including all legal options, to get this victory...gee, now I'm not hearing anything from him about Coleman. Why? Because he and the other conservative talk show hosts are losers and, as has been proved over the past year, wrong way more often than right about all the basics including the economy and the public's wishes.

    January 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. vincent - phoenix

    If this were the Democrat who refused to concede and chose th drag out the inevitable in court... the right wing howling wind machine would be in overdrive....

    This guy id depriving the Democrats of a vote in the senate. That is all he is doing. Since they lost, the next best thing is to obstruct as long as possible. If this drags out, he definitely makes MN miss out on important votes where every vote is necessary.

    January 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Coleman needs to learn the lesson that it's better to bow out gracefully than than to fight tooth and nail in a loosing battle.

    January 22, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Bob the Observor

    Let Franken go to Washington. Minnesota deserves to have such a ridiculous clown "represent" them in the senate. Everyone with a brain realizes that Franken stole this election.

    This whole thing makes "Lake Wobegon" look serious. If Minnesota wants to sent a clown to Washington, send Garrison Keillor next time. At least he has some brains in his head.

    January 22, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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