December 19th, 2009
03:04 PM ET
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. kuriya

    CNN if you are the most trusted in the new why not run the tape where MCcain refuse for a senator to speak in Iraq debate.

    December 19, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. paying attention

    $3,300,000–that is the money paid to Lieberman by the health and insurance industries to prostitute himself for them. What a sorry excuse for a man.

    December 19, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Sax Goldman

    How do we donate money to the great Sen. Franken, and how much is legal??? Thank you Sen. Franken!

    December 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Steve, Jackson MS

    I can't imagine we missed anything- unless he's finally decided to "come out" as the Republican we've all known him to be for at least the last decade, "Old Joe" hasn't had an original thought on any matter of substance since deciding to support John McCain.

    December 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Ileana

    Good for Al Franken... Can all Democrats please have the same back-bone & stand up to Lieberman, who has said enough already and has tried his best to eliminate meaningful healthcare reform. Let the real Democrats speak up!

    December 19, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Julian, AZ

    Tell the Repubs and all the NAY Sayers to shutup, or put up. Al Franken did the rightb thing...lie-bel-man had nothing better to say but grand standing.

    In fact, Senator John Mc Cain who apparently must be suffering from dimentia did refuse /deny Sen. Mark Dayton during the debate about restricting Bush’s constitutional powers to wage war against Iraq. So speak the truth or shut up.

    December 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. bob

    Franken was well within parameters to enforce the agreed upon time limits. Joe Lieberman is just an insurance company shill anyway, bought and paid for at the expense of the CT voter's clear will on this issue.

    December 19, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. marcus (seattle)

    it is more than mildly amusing that the minnesota republican party is chastising franken. did we actually expect anything else from them ? this isn't news of any type. it would be more newsworthy if lieberman actually acted like a senator, instead of a child. and mccain sticking up for lieberman. hey, is that the same mccain whose name sarah palin blacked out on her visor ? and, wasn't she his running mate ? lieberman, mccain and the minnesota republican party all in agreement on something. the grouping of those 3 speaks volumes for how seriously to take this story.

    December 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. spokanebob

    Al Franken is an embarrassment to this country. What a rude obnoxious so called man. A waste of human flesh.

    December 19, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Amy

    I really do not get the indignation over this.
    The rule is that people keep their speeches to 10 minutes or less.
    And now people are outraged that someone enforced the rule. But if no one enforces it, then what is the point of the rule? If people think that everyone should get 12 minutes instead, then change the rule to MAKE it 12 minutes. It's like there are two rules - one which is written down, and the other which is in people's expectations.

    Actually, having a system where the rule says 10 minutes, and everyone has to ASK for extra time if he goes over and always GETS it, is inefficient and time-consuming. So I have to say, look, 10 minutes is the rule. If people expect it to be longer, then actually CHANGE the rule on paper, or else stop complaining.

    If a speaker knows he only has ten minutes, he has to prepare himself, and be succint in his points. It's his own fault if he doesn't make his point in 10 minutes.

    December 19, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Tammy

    What is happening to the decency of America? These are our examples? Pathetic.

    December 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. angel

    I think, in all your zeal to praise Franken you are all forgetting that this kind of de-evolution of the protocol and etiquette and ethics will only result in a Taiwan like COngress where people eventually DO just start throwing punches. I am depressed by all of the liberals here who have nothing but praise for this out of place clown they've elected to serve in our highest offices. Shame on you. Shame on Minnesota. It will all come back on you bigtime.

    December 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Stuart

    Sen Franken did the nation a great service – pulling the microphone from an American traitor. Lieberman's hypcocritical actions and conduct on the health care bill clearly demonstrates support for corporate elites should result in his being stripped of any senate powers/chairmanships. Furthermore he should be investigated for unethical behavior and violation of Senate rules on campaign contribtions. Granted he represents interests of CT, but which interests? Probably not the average citizen, certainly the mega insurance corporations. Even though I am not a citizen of CT and he is not my Senator, he has made a mortal politcal enemy. I will do everything I can to see to his defeat in the next election, disgrace in the Senate chambers, and silence. I'm sick of networks giving that hypocrit air time. Shame on you Joe Lieberman, Shame.

    December 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Dan from Texas

    I cannot beleive CNN, is such a liberal station to present healthcare in a favorable light, while presenting opponants as some sort of right wing-white male small segment od the population. I am neighter a white male nor a right winger. If CNN could be more balanced, Fox news would not be so successfull! I have just about had it with the media in this country along with fae left liberal policies. I think president Obama has had a difficult job to do and agree with the financial bail-out decisions he had to make to save the economy, however pork-barrel spending is not in check by either party (Bush allowed spending to get out of control as well). High taxes, and high inflation is what we will leave behind for our kids and future generations. The stimulus is primarily for govenrment spending and govenrment jobs (so is it the government who will jumpstsart the economy,,,really???). Why was it so urgent to pass when he came to office, yet less than 25% has been used, whereas much of it will be used in year 3– umm, can someone say political............

    December 19, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Gordon

    Lieberman got his 10 minutes. That's his problem, he thinks he's better than the rest of us.

    Al Franken for Senate Majority leader. Dems need someone smart who will speak up when the time is right.

    December 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. francisco

    Congratulations Sen. Al Franken and the rest of the democratic Senators. Joe Lieberman did not need any time. He is double head snake anyway. Democratic party did not need a person like him.

    December 19, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Dionne

    I love Al Franken!!!

    December 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Retired US Army Officer - Kansas

    Al is learning the rules of the Senate, how dare he. call me a liberal Larry..............rules are there for a reason, how dare franken use the Senates very own rules to sit joe down.

    December 19, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. sally

    If this is the worst thing that happens to Sen. Lieberman, then he'll be a lucky man. He should be worrying more about his sold soul than the loss of a few extra minutes of droning time on the Senate floor.

    December 19, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Dan S

    Thanks Al, now you know what happens when you get Droopy mad...

    December 19, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. charlie in Maine

    I love that guy. It is true that the rules are set up to let the minority have some say. Therefore as the founders intended the same rules that we blessed when they kept Hariet Myers and Alberto Gonzolez off the Supreme court are the ones keeping us from the "perfect healthcare plan" I say so be it. Not what I would like in healthcare but I wouldn't change the rules. Franken is smart to use them against the GOP for a change.(yes I know Liberman is an "independant")

    December 19, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. georgie

    does that make him a big boy now? He is sch an idiot, and if his head get s much bigger, he won't fit in the room. I don't have a problem with what he did, asmuc a the tone he had when he did it.

    December 19, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom

    OH........ SO......... the Republicans do not like a TASTE of THEIR OWN medicine......eh???

    Do the far-right-folks remember the years from January 1995 through January 2007 when THEY were the majority? Of course not.... the GOP has selective memory!

    BRAVO Al!

    December 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. AZ

    You're John McCain, a fallen hero who wanted to become president so desperately that you sold yourself to Charlie Keating, the wealthy con man who bears such an incredible resemblance to The Joker.

    December 19, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. robert major

    Way to go, Al. And I hope I can call you Al. Rules are rules and ten minutes is long enough to stand up there, ostensibly preaching to the choir, cause we all know in the end that OBAMA will get his way. Our health care will remain in the domain of the huge companies, who have the largest buildings in most major cities, which puts the debate to rest as far as how rich and how powerful these corporations are.
    And, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Al, last thing, try to find
    a politician out there in the hinderlands by the name of Stein who might be willing run for prexy on a ticket with ye. I cannot wait for that bumpersticker and do it up orange and black, por favor:
    Franken-Stein

    You can call the inauguration party The Monster's Ball. Hey Now!

    December 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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