March 13th, 2009
02:31 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Radio Political Notebook: Coleman-Franken fight goes on

The fight rages on for Minnesota's second Senate seat.
The fight rages on for Minnesota's second Senate seat.

Remember the election?

It was way back in November, but the state of Minnesota doesn't appear to be much closer to having a final winner in its contentious Senate race.

CNN's John Lisk talks to CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser about what happens - or doesn't happen - from here.

Listen to the latest CNN Radio Political Notebook:

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. m.

    My God, Norm – Let it go! Not only does no one else in the country want to hear from you anymore, you're giving FAR too much attention to Minnesota. Seriously, does anyone really care what the representative from Minnesota has to say anyway????

    March 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Alisa

    This is ridiculous!! If the shoe were on the other foot, Norm Coleman and the Republican Party would be going "all out" to end this now. They are such hippocrites!! Norm Coleman needs to concede and move on (he would have told Franken the same if the roles were reversed).
    Also, the Republican party should be ashamed of themselves for letting this go on – the people of Minnesota are the ones who are the losers in this. They deserve representation – not a "sore loser" like Coleman. He's like a spoiled child who doesn't get his way.

    March 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Seth

    m: You may think that Franken is qualified because he is a scholar graduate, then why be a comedian of all things, think I could make better living than that. Especially now, and you want him in office. He would just be good for a fillabuster.

    March 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Arturo

    This must come to an end now, Franken has won and should be allowed to represent his state in the senate!
    It just goes to show how Democrats know how to bow out, Al Gore in 2000, if they lose and Republicans will do anything to steal an election.
    I am an Independent voter and have voted for both parties but after this mess it only makes me lose faith in the GOP.
    They need to step aside and let the voters voice be heard.

    March 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Wynter

    What are you talking about???

    They are just now finishing the ECC Court Case by a three judge panel determining the outcome of the recount between the two. Both sides have rested and its now closing arguments.

    Thus far it looks clear that Coleman doesn't have a chance in hell of preventing Franken from being the next Senator from that state. Coleman's team of attorneys have been inept to the point of obstructing Franken from being certified as Senator.

    March 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Wynter

    Seth – Qualified? That's your argument against Franken? The people voted for him and he is leading the recount even in the Election Court case. Give it a rest Seth.. he won and Coleman lost... end of story.

    March 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. UnrealAmerican

    My God, can we just decide this already? This is complete BS. And we are down one Senator in the Senate. This is good for the country? More GOP obstructionism – even if the Coleman camp KNOWS they lost, they are willing to fight a long legal battle simply because it will keep one more (D) from casting a vote in the Senate.

    March 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. seebofubar

    Let Franken in. It's minnesota, they're used to morons in government up there.

    March 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Wow. Coleman need to move on, seriously.

    March 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    A lot to do about nothing

    March 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. then why be a comedian of all things?

    a man's gotta feed his family.

    I'm for one senator, two votes

    March 13, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. lovable liberal

    I seriously doubt Seth could make a better living than Franken, based solely on literacy.

    March 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Broward

    My gosh, does CNN post any comments not against Coleman? Franken was an average comedian at best, which is why I am a bit confused as to where he pulled this continuing gag from! In an election where continual revelations seem to expose this as a worse fraud than Kennedy v Nixon, I am wondering why we have yet to find the cows and corpses voting. Then again, I think the only problem CNN would have with that is the fact that finding a cow with good diction and a corpse that wouldn't look to much like Anderson Cooper is too difficult. This is obviously a joke election in the minds of the Minnesota judiciary and the democratic party, or else they would not be pulling these stunts. Luckily for them, the same people who picked the GOP platform and candidate pool over the past decade or so also found Coleman's lawyers so Franken is safe and Minnesota is doomed to bad leadership from a mentally corrupt windbag whose inflated ego and bipolar rants will only fit in too well in an already bloated and Washington. I would say that Minnesota deserves this because they voted for it, but we will never really know since they have now made Florida look like the model for a recount!

    March 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Outraged in WA

    I say keep going Norm! The last thing you want to have happen is what happened here in WA state 4 years ago. The GOP won the first count, then the recount, only to have the election stolen on a third recount. All the courts, which the Dems have owned for decades, were more than eager to certify those election results.

    Don't let them do it to you too Norm! Keep up the good fight!

    March 13, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. AP in Illinois

    Norm...I suggest getting some advice on how to move on from Al Gore. He 'gets it' that George Bush stole the election of 2000.

    March 13, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. JonDie

    Given a chance to re-elect Coleman, more than 50% of Minnesotans said "No."

    March 13, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |

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