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. Diana NJ

    Only took how long 8 months.. not a bright guy... but sure loyal to his party... not the the citizens though.

    June 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Barbara Independent in NY

    This whole thing was ridiculous. Norm Coleman should never be elected to public office again. What a waste of money.

    June 30, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Bob

    With no checks and balances in the Senate, this is a bit worrisome. Hopefully, the Senate will look at the issues like they should and not play the political games.

    To the posters who continually call Republicans names, get some help. If you really want CHANGE, look in the mirror and start with yourself. Spewing hatred at others is not change, just more of the same.

    June 30, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Steve

    Coleman finally did the right thing. Watch for him to be denounced by Limbaugh and the rest of the loony right noise machine.

    June 30, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Slappy White

    Kevin in Ohio June 30th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

    "OK, liberals, its over and Coleman has graciously conceded..."

    Graciously conceded?!?!

    That's what you call the last eight months??

    A gracious concession??

    And you wonder why the voters say Republicans are out of touch..

    June 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "The Supreme Court has spoken, I will respect its decision, and abide by its results," because I pretty much don't have a choice after my tactics of stalling, whining, suing and throwing up any roadblock I could think of didn't work.

    June 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Jack

    some republican guy (4:15).

    Actually it's Austrian, to America by way of Rumania. Somewhere along the way it was shortened and the suffix 'stein' was removed.

    June 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Hazel

    And yet another GOPasaurus bites the dust. Bye, bye Normie!

    June 30, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. hm

    yeah!! one more democrat for us.

    June 30, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. To Kevin in Ohio

    @Kevin in Ohio- "no longer Bush's fault."
    ------------------------------
    So your arguement follows a certain kind of GOP logic that I have been finding curious as of late. If the Dem's have 60 seats in the Senate then everything and anything that had happened to this beloved country because of that A$$ Bush and his cronies is no longer their fault and is now, apparently, the entire fault of the Obama Administration. Like if Obama did nothing the system was going to correct itself.

    You guys are incredible! INCREDIBLE I tell you!!!

    June 30, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Steph

    YIPPEE! Everyone, say it together, Senator Franken!

    June 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Mike Ross

    I cant wait until Coleman starts hitting the talking head TV shows. We need someone in the Senate to help out with the smack downs. Barney Frank is great at it but he's only a congressman, and the voice takes getting used to.

    June 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. donttreadonme

    FORMER republican, NEVER again!
    Do you really think people take your posts serious when you write such ignorant comments. Either you are very young or just a hyper-partisan fool. Either way please stop wasting our time.

    June 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. B.C.H

    to "some repulican guy"...Franken is obviously a German name. There is nothing about it that even remotely sounds Mexican.

    June 30, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Mike

    Does this mean coleman will be collecting unemployment?

    June 30, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. haas

    Coleman is an example of why lawyers make so much money. how much did he spend to lose and election and a court battle? I wonder what he'll do now...run for governor? If Pawlenty runs for Pres in 2012 he might have a chance...how ever slim it might be.

    June 30, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    Heavens! A majority in the Senate! Who will protect us from Liberals, Educated People, Progressives and people who do not consider hate a food group? We are doomed, hoplessly doomed. Lions and tigers and bears oh my.

    But wait! Who is that sinister looking figure behind the curtain with an evil grin on his face? Its the Wizard of Halliburton! There is hope that the world will once again be safe for the Flat Earth Society!

    June 30, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Yikes!

    Okay, Republicans, settle down, now... stop with this nonsense that the Democrats have a "filibuster-proof" majority. That's only on paper and in theory. The truth is, they have exactly the minimum number they need to make a filibuster-proof majority... provided that EVERY single Democrat is on board with whatever they are trying to pass through. How often do you really think that's going to happen? Remember, there is such a thing as a "liberal" Democrat and a "conservative" Democrat, and they're not all going to agree on the same things. If the Democrats held 70 or more seats, I'd agree with you and say, yes, they have enough seats to pass whatever they like. But 60? There will be very few bills passed that every last Democract in the Senate will agree on voting for. So relax... the debates and filibustering aren't over.

    June 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Debbie

    So, you can't be funny *and* smart? Why?

    June 30, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. teacheng

    Finally!

    June 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Logically Thinking

    YIPPIE!!!!!! This is the best news I've heard all day.

    June 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Jeff in Houston

    Just doing my part to annoy conservatives, religous fanatics, and corporate ghouls. Are you?

    June 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. PFFT

    Well, it's official – Obama can create his socialist united states of america. No one can stop him. Hope everyone is ready for the nightmare of the nanny state under the far left liberals who now have total control.

    Thank goodness, it's only another year and a half until the mid-terms. The dems have already overreached, and by then, there will be no chance of a reelection.

    June 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. jimmy-ohio

    bye bye obstructionist repubs

    June 30, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. gary

    What a piece of crap. A true republican dirt bag wasting millions of tax payers dollars because he could.This had nothing to do with what was right and everything to do with the arrogance of the republican party.They make you want to puke.

    June 30, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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