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. Arron

    Maybe Coleman, Pawlenty, Katherine Harris can go work for Ahmadinejad in Iran as election supression consultants now.

    June 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. donttreadonme

    Franken who supports increasing taxes is a tax dodger. If you like gutter politics Franken is your man.

    June 30, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. John in Rochester MN

    @leon June 30th, 2009 4:55 pm ET
    this is a democracy and we accept results even when stolen but Franken should remembered that he won by 0.002% and that there is a big part of Minnesotans voters that do not think that he represents our state at its best
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    There are more people in MN that don't think Coleman represents us. Think about it. When an incumbent can't get a majority of the votes against two opponents, he clearly is not what the voters want.

    June 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. videodrome

    About time this comes to an end.

    June 30, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Peter E

    You know, we keep criticizing other countries on their elections, telling them to re-run elections, act outraged if some court figures interfere, etc, etc. The US itself doesn't allow international monitors, most public offices don't even have run-off elections, and every election we have half a dozen winners decided by courts. Is it just me, or is that complete hypocrisy?

    June 30, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Bonnie in Seattle

    I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me! Yeah Al Franken!!!! Goodbye Norm Coleman and good riddence!

    June 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. InlandEmperor

    Norm, better late than never. You can be proud that you carried on the neo-con tradition of wasting taxpayers money without conscience.

    June 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Dennis

    OK, that was waaaayyyyy too easy, I bet someone caught Coleman at the airport arriving from Argentina!

    June 30, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. James M. Holmes

    Now that Coleman is un-employed, he can find out first hand the results of 8 years of GOP control have done to this country... good luck finding a job and maybe you should thank the Dems for those un-employment benefits you will have...

    What is really funny is that now Coleman will have to buy his own health insurance... get ready for some serious sticker shock... hahaha... bet Coleman will be voting Democrat in 2010 after a few years of just being an average American!

    June 30, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Carl Scagnel

    what is it with America and polls? If we had always been guided by polls we'd probably still be subjects of merry old England, Lincoln would never have freed the slaves and Armstrong may never have set foot on the moon. We'd surely be a different landscape.

    June 30, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. DianeAZ

    One down, Bachman to go.

    June 30, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. CF

    About time. Shame on Republicans for standing in the way of the democracy and trying to suppress how the good people of Minnesota had spoken with their votes.

    June 30, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Joy

    Congratulations to Al Franken. I'm glad Mr. Coleman conceded without further appeals. Congratulations to the state of Minnesota.

    June 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Rayne Williams

    Michael wrote:

    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.

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    Actually, Bush was the petitioner to the Supreme Court. That means he and those backing him filed the suit. Not Gore. So Coleman followed the GOP playbook in going to court, and I'm actually surprised he isn't going to file in federal court. Let's see what Rush and the other talk heads accuse him of tomorrow.

    June 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. John H.

    So long, Norm, this is what you get for being a Republican. Hopefully, you will fade into the sunset, unlike Darth Vader.

    June 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Dave

    Michael June 30th, 2009 4:26 pm ET
    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.################
    Ummm.... you have it backwards. The Florida Supreme Court came down on the side of Gore. It was Bush who then took it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    June 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Daisy

    @ Some Republican Guy

    LOL. I thought your post was funny....I guess a lot of people don't understand satire...
    Thanks for the laugh! :)

    June 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Viktor, Chapel, Hill NC

    Now, Democrats will have NO REASON not to pass the health care reform....

    June 30, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Bill or Vin from Philly

    finally the American people's vote has spoken , not the lies of the hypocrite's

    June 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Jose in McAllen Tx

    Will Franken hold a seance to thank the people that voted for him?

    June 30, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Arron

    With Franken that makes 60. Now maybe the democrats can stop the GOP effort, led by GOP Sen Grassley of Iowa, to RAISE TAXES on middle class health insurance benefits instead of having a public option that will keep insurance companies honest. It looks like the GOP would rather RAISE TAXES on middle class Americans to protect the obscene profits of insurance companies than give Americans a real choice.

    June 30, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Denise

    Took him long enough.

    June 30, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. rickymo

    Good bye, good luck...and good riddens!

    June 30, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Annette

    Gee, it's about time.

    June 30, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. James M. Holmes

    "Now, Democrats will have NO REASON not to pass the health care reform…." – VIKTOR

    Unfortunatly Viktor, the Dems don't act like the Republicans and "get in-line"... The Democratic Patry has conservatives, moderates and liberals – the GOP just has crazy people who do whatever they are told by large corporations!

    As for the idiots crying "socialism" every chance they get – I agree, lets get rid of all social programs – fire all the police, dismantle the military, rip up your grandmother's Social Security checks, empty the prisons, etc... LOL! Thank God you NeoCons are all irrelevant now.... but keep crying, that is your right after all!

    June 30, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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