June 30th, 2009
04:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Breaking: Coleman concedes

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman Tuesday officially conceded defeat in his 2008 reelection bid, hours after the state's high court paved the way for Democrat Al Franken's victory.

"I just had a conversation with Al Franken congratulating him on his victory," Coleman said in a press conference with reporters. "I told him it’s the best job he'll ever have representing Minnesota in the United States Senate.

"The Supreme Court has spoken, I will respect its decision, and abide by its results," Coleman also said.


Filed under: Al Franken • Norm Coleman
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. shane

    Isn't it funny that the party that's always saying country first didn't tell this guy to concede months ago I guess you can't expect much from the party of no.

    June 30, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. RCasson

    What a great day this is. Obama can do whatever he wants to now. To hell with the GOP!!!!

    June 30, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. David

    FINALLY!!! Good times

    June 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. John Ensign is not a Stand-Up Guy

    Congratulations Senator Franken!

    Is Coleman a typical Republican, or what?

    Btw, Ensign should be removed from office for the way he doubled his mistress’s salary during his affair with her, according to federal election documents, & then fired her when the affair ended. A person like that should not have the power of a United States Senator or be a holder of any other office that allows him to make decisions about how we allocate our country’s resources.

    June 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Tomcat

    Done and done.

    June 30, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Lowell

    Hasn't Congress called it quits for 2009?

    June 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Robert

    Republican Party ........

    GONE.......

    Bye Bye :|

    June 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. David

    Coleman has done nothing but concrete the fact that the GOP is a complete waste of time and money. His concede should have been months ago when he actually lost the election.

    June 30, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Deb

    It is definitely about time. What a waste of money and time.

    June 30, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Angie in PA

    Its about time and YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO The Dems have their 60 seats RIP GOP!

    June 30, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Phat Elvis

    So symbolic of the GOP, that they cannot grasp the situation at hand until smacked over the head with it. Well, here's your sign: wake up! you lost!!!

    June 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. Kevin

    I'm glad my guy won, but next time, have a run off election like other states do.

    June 30, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. G SMITH PA

    Another idiot Democrat in the Senate, no wonder this country is going down hill. However in 2010 the Republicans will be back in control to save the day.

    June 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Nick the Photographer

    Hurray!

    June 30, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. EDDIE

    A good repub doesn't concede he finds some way to take the election away.Poor repubs, loooooser's!

    June 30, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. changing my screen name to see if it helps getting my comments posted

    Ok, 'some republican guy', 'typical republican guy' or whatever other screen name you want to use I'm fed up with your rediculous posts. Everyone knows you are a Democrat. Anyone with a positive IQ can see that all of your posts are so absurdly ignorant and lacking common sense and would never believe you actually are a Republican.

    Do you seriously not have anything better to do with your life?

    June 30, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Nothing 'Stand Up' about John Ensign

    With more Democrats and fewer Republicans in the Senate we'll finally get good legislation like the CARD (Credit Card Accountability Responsibility & Disclosure) Act, which stops predatory and abusive lending practices, and maybe, just maybe, we'll get something close to the House’s Waxman-Markey Bill, which proposes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 17% by 2020 and 83% by 2050 from 2005 levels.

    Hurrah!

    We're counting on you Senator Franken!

    June 30, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    The left-wing Hate continues to amaze me....... this country is now in real serious trouble.

    June 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Chai-wallah

    Come on now folks!!! President can't and will not be able to do what ever he wants. 60 Senate seats does not give him fool proof rule over anything. He has his job cut out for him any way you slice it.

    There are those on the right that will say NO to anything he does. There are those on the left who thinks he is not going far enough.

    Finding a middle ground is just as hard as being on the far left or right. He will never be able to please everyone.

    A fillerbuster proof majority will take at least 70 in the Senate. If you done believe, take a look at the energy bill passed in the House last week, it was almost a lost.

    June 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Larry

    Rush Limbaugh..... Your Party is all Done.

    Shut down you talk show now..... Have some shame..... Shut up now.....

    Let the Democrats lead the Country to Success.....

    June 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. Michael

    So republicans are evil because they listen to what the supreme Court of the State said unlike Gore who cried all the way up to the federal Supreme Court.

    June 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. B.C.H

    Finally this man shows a slight bit of integrity by finally saying he will not contest this any further. For over five months Minnesota has been without representation by two sensators becaurse of this man's arrogance.

    June 30, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Ross Pungits

    Ross Coleman is a Minch! More power with u bro...u did the right thing!!! Good luck. Run again next time!

    June 30, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Jim G pa

    Thank God! Finally..Some sense. All the Republicans attacked Gore for daring to challenge his loss for a month. Yet these same Republicans supported Coleman's six month journey. More hypocrisy from the Republicans. Wow , what a surprise!!

    June 30, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. D-Nice

    Re: Kevin in Ohio

    How does Franken's drawn out victory erase 8 years of Bush/Cheney catatrophe and 30+ years of Reaganomics?

    You almost seem eager to blame our new commander-in-chief.

    June 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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