December 18th, 2009
04:35 PM ET
7 months ago

MN GOP calls Franken-Lieberman incident an 'embarrassment'

Franken is taking heat for cutting off Lieberman.
Franken is taking heat for cutting off Lieberman.

(CNN) - The Minnesota Republican Party is calling out Sen. Al Franken's over his refusal to grant Sen. Joe Lieberman additional time to speak about the health care reform bill Thursday night.

"Al Franken's petty and petulant behavior on…the floor of the U.S. Senate is an embarrassment to our state," Party Chairman Tony Sutton said in a statement. "In just six months, Franken has established himself as the most uncivil and ineffective senator in Minnesota history."

The incident in question came Thursday evening, when Lieberman asked Franken, then presiding over the Senate, for an "additional moment" to conclude his remarks after the allotted 10 minutes had expired.

"In my capacity as the senator from Minnesota, I object," replied Franken, prompting a surprised Lieberman to ask "Really?"

Franken spokesman Jess McIntosh said Franken was merely following orders from his party's leaders, who asked that floor speeches be kept within their time limits to keep the debate moving.

The incident sparked a sharp rebuke from Sen. John McCain, who declared, "This is the first time I have ever seen a member denied an extra minute or two to finish his remarks."

Though the liberal Web site Thinkprogress reports McCain himself refused to grant senators additional time to speak in 2002 when the chamber was debating the Iraq War authorization.


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  1. Joementum

    Google "Al Franken," and look at the #1 image result. That should tell you all you need to know about this hyperpartisan clown. Bless Joe Lieberman and John McCain–two of our finest senators.

    December 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Ignorant Liberal

    "December 18th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

    This site reminds me of a welfare line in the hood. Our country is truly in the toilet with Frankenstien in the Senate."

    Couldn't have said it better myself Chris. This site is full of libtards who just want a free handout. They're the dreggs of society, and would have been dead years ago in any other country.

    December 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Grant M

    Yeah, after the whole Norm Coleman debacle, Tony Sutton should be an expert on things that are "petty and petulant" and being an embarrassment to Minnesota.

    December 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. mjm

    CNN was quick to defend Franken on that one! They must have Thinkprogress on speed dial.

    Lieberman was discussing Medicare trust funds and how to preserve them considering Medicare is going broke.

    Despite the fact that it's going broke, libs want to expand it. Good plan.

    December 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Don Borham

    More fake rage from the right. Never heard so much hurt from such an abused group. The right have become the most thin skinned people in the world. This news clip is likely to air for the next three weeks on FIXED NEWS.

    Yet talk about bending the truth, telling half lies, being rude, and being the very thing they claim others are: non-patriotic. It appears that it is acceptable when the right attacks is never acceptable in return. Come on give me some of your fake rage.

    Lieberman should become next years new deep fried goody at the Minnesota State Fair.

    The GOP Congressional members are tools of the insurance industry and it is time to put our tools away.

    December 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Chris

    To Frank: Teh amjority of American people want this Healthcare bill to pass? For someone who logs ono CNN.com you sure don't pay attention.

    To Carey: So, since you disagree with someone they shouldn't be allowed to speak? Hmm, I think that is a violation of First Ammendment..and censorship

    December 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Jim

    My VOTE for Franklin was the best vote I ever made! Finally, I REAL senator! I am PROUD to be from Minnesota!!!

    December 18, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. lynne

    At least Senator Franken had the guts to tell him no, something others are scared of doing.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. norb

    And Joe Wilson shouting "You Lie" at the State of the Union says what? Democrats should have never let Lieberman caucus with them. He gives a speech at the Republican convention and openly campaigns for John McCain. Joe Lieberman is a jerk.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Gerald Mosley Portland OR

    Senator Franken, please stand up and take a bow! Ten minutes of LIEBERMAN is enough – he has screwed up the HEALTHCARE debate with his crappy ideas and demands, and to you "pops" McCain shut up... America is sick of you both. We need HealthCare reform – and you stupid politicians are too busy getting in the way, just so you can get an appearance on Larry King.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. hereslauphinatcha

    Thanks Franken for having the courage to tell Lieberman to shut his trap.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. The Irony of Religion

    I guess gameshow hosts are perpetual "sunbbers".

    Keep crying wolf!

    Everytime I see the GOP scream fire when someone lights a match I LOL since it's Republicans that claim to be so brave and patriotic.

    Yes, sooooooo brave.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Ron

    10 minutes was long enough for Joe Lieberman and the health insurance cartel.

    Thank you Senator Franken

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Moderate Democrat

    Leiberman was UNABLE to make a point in a FULL ten minutes? What kind of retard would be unable to explain their point in a HUGE and LONG ten minutes of speaking.

    I would be embarrassed of a retard that given TEN MINUTES of time, still couldn't get his thoughts conveyed. What a MORON that Lieberman is.

    December 18, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Navy Vet

    The GOP are upset for Franken holding LIeberman to his 10 minutes like he did EVERYONE else!

    How come they aren't upset about when earlier in the day Franken cut off another Senator holding them to their 10 minutes?

    Oh wait, that was a Dem.

    December 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Bessy

    Good for Al Franken. He was doing exactly what he was there to do. McCain has a short memory when the shoe is on the other foot, doesn't he ?

    December 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. george

    I find it funny how the republicans thought it was perfectly fine when one of theirs heckled the President during his speach to congress but find this incident unacceptable. Hmmmm go figure.

    December 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank you Sen. Franken for adhering to the leader's RULES.

    December 18, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Mike

    I sure hope the good people of Connecticut throw this hypocrite out in the next election. Hope the Democrat's kick him off all the commissions he now chairs.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. TOMMY

    Al Franken needs to learn a little respect for the Senators who have put in their time and paid there dues in the US Senate,

    I dont think he even won the election fairly.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. carlmcneil

    The Senator from Aetna is doing all he can to dilute the bill. Now maybe he can stop the other thing they want to do..They want to stop the insurance companies from selling policies that have caps on them. People need the peace of mind that these cheap faux policies offer—until l someone gets hurt or sick they work just fine. The companies should never be forced to cover pre existing conditions Lord knows if you get sick with something catastrophic then you must have done something wrong to deserve it.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Future expat

    How is it that the same people who want Sarah Palin, a former beauty queen and former sportscaster, to be PRESIDENT think Al Franken's previous career as a comedian disqualifies him from being a senator?

    These are the same people who'd vote for Joe the Plumber.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Donna P.

    I think it is funny to watch the Democrats implode. They can't even get health care passed when they are the majority??? Even Howard Dean and MoveOn.org are against ObamaCare. I can’t wait until November, 2010 when Republicans take back Congress! Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. chris

    October 10, 2002:

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator’s time has expired.

    Mr. DAYTON. I ask for unanimous consent that I have 30 seconds more to finish my remarks.

    Mr. McCAIN. I object.

    December 18, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Tony

    It was precious watching Senator McCain whine about poor poor Joe's treatment, saying he'd never seen such a thing before.

    Actually he had seen such a thing. When Senator McCain objected to giving Senator Dayton an extra 30 seconds during the debate over giving Bush more powers to execute the Iraq war. That's when he'd seen it before.

    December 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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