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

    I don't mind efforts to make senators adhere to the time limits–they are all a bunch of gas bags. But the senator from Minnesota could have handled it in a more dignified manner. He really is a joke without a punch line.

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. adam

    McCain has done exactly what Frankin did. Instead of just parroting politicians how about you check and tell us if they are correct, cnn

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Mary in Toronto

    Al Franken was just doing what McCain did in 2003, only McCain was leading thousands of American children to their deaths on a lie. The health bill will save more American lives. The republicans want everyone to bend over and some of the less knowledgeable are only too willing.Lieberman had his 10 minutes. He was not entitled to more than anyone else. McCain is a lost soul.

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. NotFooledTX

    McCain, the Granddaddy of hypocrisy did the exact same thing to Sens. Dayton and Byrd on Oct. 10, 2002. For him to say that he's never seen anything like it is a blatant lie – he's done it himself.

    Much to do about nothing...typical republicans. Whine endlessly about the irrelevant, all the while ignoring important issues.

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Frank

    Maybe if Lieberman spoke a bit faster. It seemed like he was speaking slowly on purpose. Or maybe he's just naturally slow?

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. GI Joe

    I wish McCain would tell the Traitor to shut up. After all, McCain did the same thing to a Senator several years ago. Forget?

    I think old man Songbird is getting senile.

    December 19, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Daphne Philipson

    You go, Al!

    December 19, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Bernardo

    Mr Franken did the right minutes,Lieberman 's 10 minutes were over
    actually Lieberman should be sent home for his flip/flopping
    constantly.Bravo,Mr Franken,enough of Lieberman and mostly if he is talking overtime

    December 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Gonzo in Houston

    OK, one senator held another senator (two, actually), to pre-agreed procedural rules. This is news?

    On the other hand, a senator was actually forced to shut up. This IS news.

    December 19, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. jgreenway

    OK, if you were one of those who supported Joe Wilson's blurting out "You lie!" in the middle of a presidential address, you've pretty much abandoned your right to be offended by any lack of decorum in these proceedings. Wilson's outburst was more disrespectful by orders of magnitude.

    December 19, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. artraveler

    How does Franken's education stack up to yours, Sicko? I'll take an educated person who worked as a comedian vs some of the rednecks who have knocked him for his previous life.

    Franken did his job. Lieberman didn't do his which is to follow the rules. They are not just Franken's rule. Others were held to the time limit.. Is Lieberman so senile now that he can't tell time, even with a clock on the podium and the light system?

    December 19, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Over the GOP liars

    Yeah... I remember McCain doing the same thing when the GOP was in control. The Republicans are a bunch of pathetic little children who can't stand it that they lost control of the House due to their arrogance. THIS is why people HATE Republicans now. Go away LIEberman! You are a sad and ugly little person who takes millions from the insurance lobby nd then turn around and screw the people who voted for you.

    December 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Allen

    Just say NO to Joe! Thanks Al!!!!

    December 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. mary saunders

    I agree with Lois Time for new blood in both party's there are to many old Farts, and nothing gets done except for their pay raise every other month. there should be just a 2 year term for all and if they colaberate with lobbyists at all then we the people should kick them out and fine them. This should go for our President also. Obama has been bought off by the Lobbyists big time, How quick he is in showing us all that $ buy every thing . His word means nothing, what fools we were to believe in him.

    December 19, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. New Yorker

    Yeah, rush that foolish bill through so the Democrats can use taxpayer $$ to payoff their "base" base and try to secure their own overpaid positions in congress. The Democrats and their liberal agenda of promoting liberal abortions, liberal sexually immoral lifestyles, liberal spending of taxpayer $$, liberal personal irresponsibility, and liberal deceptive practices continue on their liberally destructive path of ruining this nation. You liberals think Bush was bad? In the end he will seem like a saint to you if the liberal policies play out the way Obama wishes. But then you will just blame it all on Bush, as usual.

    December 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. One of those millions.....

    Hooray for Franken! Lieberman is a two-faced you-know-what....! He is not helping millions of people get insurance. I wonder if he has a member of his immediate or extended family without medical insurance! If so, what does he say to them? I think it is about time that he make it official and convert to the Republican party. He sure does sound more and more like them!

    December 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. A True Centrist

    "McCain has done the exact same thing to a Democratic Senator when the GOP was in control."

    Completely not true...this is what happens on this site. People make up things to support an argument. Well MsDp, I'm calling you out. It is common practice in the Senate to allow someone a few extra minutes to finish what they are saying. That's why NO ONE else objected, it it NEVER happens. People on this board need to grow up, just like Senator Franken and the rest of the Senate, including people on both sides of the aisle.

    December 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Nick P.

    CNN, you need to also include McCain's exact same behavior back in 2002, its just good journalism to make sure both sides are represented correctly, you are looking like F News for not doing that!

    Fox even went on calling Franken names, but I guess I expect that from FOX since they do not really conduct research, and facts are just seen as obstacles to them. i mean after all they were the ones on two recent occassions tried to pass off old clips of old rallies as part of the tea-baggers rally and were busted by Jon Stewart & Daily Show (Thanks guys!).

    Republican = hypocracy, lies, racism, and low IQ!
    This is also true of Aaron B. who is supposedly from Minnesota who think Franken is bad, and probably thinks the world of wacko Bachman!! The real wonder is how you keep voting for her Aaron, you idiot!

    December 19, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Montana Jorge

    excellent job, Mr.Franken

    December 19, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. proud dem in nc

    Wonder if McCain would have been upset if a Democrat were denied additional time. Lieberman was his lap dog throughout the campaign. Get over it. He was following the rules. Whiney Republicans!!!

    December 19, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. katiec

    Good for Al Franken.
    Liberman has been given the headlines, undeserved glory and has made a spectacle of hisself while selling out the American people to big business. We are all sick of his rantings and even more so with his sacrific ing the American people for him and his wifes personal gains.
    The man is a disgrace to what our politicians are supposed to represent.

    December 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. johnrj08

    For "Sick of Sellout Democrat Losers"–
    You talk about Al Franken being a "ridiculous figure" and that he was elected by a "dumbed-down" electorate, yet you ignore the fact that John McCain probably has half Franken's IQ. McCain only got into the Naval Academy because his father and grandfather were both admirals in the Navy. Once he got in, McCain became an immediate discipline problem. He finally graduated from the Academy 896th in a class of 898 midshipmen. After graduating, he promptly crashed for multi-million dollar aircraft, which his superiors attributed to "showboating". So let's not celebrate the intellect of your hero just yet, or that of his dishonest sidekick from Connecticut who is a shill for the insurance industry.

    December 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Bob

    I would like to ask all who objected to Franken's behavior–Just what exactly did he do that was wrong? He was mearly enforcing the rules. Before he stood up to speak, Lieberman knew how much time he was allowed. He exceeded it. He should have been more concise. He asked for more time, but had no right to EXPECT that he would be given it. It was denied. Yeah, Lieberman looked embarrassed, but whose fault was that? Senators are frequently granted additional time, but not always. Franken was respectful but firm in denying the extra time. Good job, Al!

    December 19, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. Marty, FL

    CNN is running this story again?

    Senator Franken made the correct call. This is not uncommon practice to keep senators within the allotted time for speaking, unlike what Sen. McCain hypocritically tried to purport, since he did the exact same thing on record.

    The ridiculously feigned outrage over every little thing constantly from the GOP only confirms why I left the Republican Party...

    December 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    Whereas the Repulicans try ti di it with tough "manly" talk, the Democrats pull the rug under their feet all the time with cleverness.

    I think the Republicans as usual, have misjudged Franken, aside from his "comedy" and what he did before, they fail to realize that Franken is actually a Harvard educated man, that will blow away any of those pseudo-colleges like Oral Roberts University etc educated freaks...

    December 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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