June 30th, 2009
04:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama congratulates Franken

(CNN) - President Obama issued a statement Tuesday congratulating Al Franken's victory in the Minnesota Senate race.

"I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century.”

Filed under: Al Franken • President Obama
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. gt

    the best thing that could happen to the g o p....lets see how many democrate senators get there campain pictures with franken,,,, he will become the joke of the senate,,,,and kill the democrate party .....

    June 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Steve

    Mississippi Mike: "Another election stolen by criminal activities on the part of liberal activists."

    Another paranoid right-winger repeating Limbaugh's talking points.

    Go off to your birther meeting, Mike. The rest of the country has real work to do.

    June 30, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Obama said no new higher taxes for people making under 250,000 dollars...

    Now is the time to hold Obama to the fire on his tax policy...

    June 30, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Obama rules! Choke on this Boss Limbaugh. Ha!

    To celebrate, tonight I shall watch Al Franken's brilliant performance in "Trading Places".

    Go crawl back under your rock, Coleman.

    June 30, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Claudia in Houson

    That's what I'm talking about. Now maybe we can get something done with or without the help of the obstructionist known as the GOP.

    June 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Jack

    This election made the folks in Florida look like Mensa members. They really needed to have a special election to decide this seat since every aspect of the vote was handled so poorly. Between chain of custody, ballots being added in, ballots being thrown out to each county having different rules and regulations, both sides had very equal claims With the seat being so important it is ignorant to let the courts decide who wins.

    June 30, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Yahooo!

    Finally....FINALLY, Coleman came to his senses and did the right thing for the people of Minnesota!

    And Doug from New Jersey...Bitter much? Curious that, as you're the first to post, you start flinging the accusations before anyone else has even had the opportunity to voice ANY opinion, much less the sort you describe. You must be well versed in that "hate and selfishness" you'd like to attribute to others.

    June 30, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Mike

    "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

    June 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Matt in CT

    So with 60 votes in the Senate, who's going to be the new Boogey Man for Democrats when things don't always go their way? They'll have to come up w/ a new slogan other than ranting about the "party of no" for all their robots to spew. Where's all the "God Bless you, Senator Franken" hosannas that you people are fighting so hard to hold back? hahahaha.

    June 30, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. TCM

    @ Doug, New Jersey -

    well said. Holds a lot of truth.

    June 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. rob

    Its official, Minnesota has the dumbest people in the country. How can anyone look at this guy and think he is serious. I guess nobody in Minnesota heard his vile rantings on the defunct Air America radio station.

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough.

    June 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Chuck, Tennessee

    Our country is in so much trouble. Health care "reform" that will cost trillions, cap and trade that will drive up energy costs, taxing the rich so that they can't create new jobs, the hits will go on and on now that the Dems have full control of the Senate. I think I will be looking for a new country to live in.

    June 30, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. JOHN

    wow a lot of bitter 21percenters out there today.

    June 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. WIlly Brown

    Another liar, tax cheat that got more votes in counties than there were people living there. Yes you are a proud member of the Democrats and Barry’s team AL. Enjoy democrats change is coming…

    June 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. leon

    It is a sad day for Minnesotans we will be represented by a clown someone who do not have the experience, the knowledge nor the good judgement to represent as its best our state. I saw him first when voting for Hillary Clinton during the caucus in SLP and was really negatively impressed by the way he conducted himself

    June 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Michigan Jim

    "I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Franken to build a new foundation for growth and prosperity by lowering health care costs and investing in the kind of clean energy jobs and industries that will help America lead in the 21st century.”

    Ha! What a sense of humor our President has! Wait, you mean that was spoken in seriousness?

    June 30, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. jwn in south carolina

    The Senate will be a whole lot more fun!

    June 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Jefe

    Please start by eliminating all prescription drug commercials. Every time you see one on TV or hear one on the radio, that's your healthcare costs going up. Every time a pharmeceutical rep takes a doctor out to a $300 dinner, that's your healthcare costs going up. I know its not the only cause, but the pharma corps have to be reined in, and constant TV ads pushing drugs are not helping. Your doctor already knows what to prescribe, you don't need to "ask your doctor about (fill-in-the-blank-scrip)".

    June 30, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Rich

    You are officially on the unemployment line Coleman. Welcome, and find your place at the rear.

    June 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Larry

    Congrats Al. One less Republican in the Senate.

    Get the Dems behind Obama and let's get some good legislation passed!

    June 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  21. Terry from West Texas

    I fault our state governments for not being able to figure out how to register voters, hold an election, and count the votes accurately. There have been over 108 state elections since the Constitution was ratified. At this time, every close election is seen as a stolen one. The facts are that both sides are up to electoral dirty tricks, though I don't think there are many organized conspiracies. I personally believe that GW Bush was not elected president in 2000 and I think OJ killed that woman, but many Americans would say that I am crazy – or worse.

    As for Franken, he has caused us a lot of trouble. I hope he impresses us all by being another fair minded Liberal from Minnesota in the Hubert Humphrey style. The great mass of Americans are middle class employees. It is the welfare and prosperity of that group on which the future of our nation is based. We can live comfortably without any more entrepreneurs and egomaniacal CEOs.

    June 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Laverne

    @ JP: read before you speak, "the Minnesota supreme court declared Franken the winner of all the LEGAL votes cast"

    June 30, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Mississippi Mike

    Stolen? Go back 9 years and speak to me then.

    @ D-Nice

    I agree. But it's good to have it when republicans get in their mood of saying NO. Now we can over their head.

    June 30, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. the man

    Doug, that's funny, you are describing Repugs, but talk about Democrats. Confused?

    June 30, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. So Tired of This

    Hooray!!

    June 30, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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