August 6th, 2010
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GOP leader to senator: 'This isn't 'Saturday Night Live'

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 Sen. Al Franken apologized to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday after being accused of mocking the senior senator. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


(CNN) - Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell complained he mocked him while the latter was delivering a speech opposing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, was presiding over the Senate at the time of the speech, a McConnell aide confirmed to CNN.

"This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,' Al," McConnell warned the former star of the comedy program moments later, according to the McConnell aide who asked not to be identified.

Franken was clearly moved by the confrontation, which occurred in the Senate chamber.

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. wildwohl

    Franken should do the right thing and step down.

    August 6, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Rick in OP

    Minnesota,

    First, you elected Jesse Ventura.

    Then Al Franken.

    Who's next.....Bart Simpson?

    August 6, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Peggy Lucas

    Why apologize? Do the Republicans apologize when they make fun of our President and Democratic Leaders? Of course not! It's time for the Democrats to fight back not back down. Why play nice when the Republicans are so nasty?

    August 6, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. STEVE RAYMOND

    they are all a bunch of jokers anyhow

    August 6, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. vs

    The GOP complaining of being mocked? I suppose this "delicate sensibility" regarding courteous behavior is non-existant when they scream insults and demonize every democrat. What a bunch of wusses.

    August 6, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Ben in Texas

    As long as Mitch the Twitch is in the Senate, it will always be a place of dark humor.

    August 6, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. hypocricnnation

    Well As Long As Senator Mitch (Turtle Neck) McConnell Isn't Being A Big Baby About Getting Teased! I Would've Thought The Republicans In The Senate Would Have More Pressing Issues In Congress Than To Run And Tattle To The Media "Stop Calling Me Names!"

    August 6, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Dem77

    Go Franken. If the repubs don't want to be mocked, maybe they should start doing something other than just saying no. I am pretty sure the majority of the country is mocking you.

    August 6, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. CBR

    Poor Sen. McConnell. Perhaps if he was willing to compromise things would be better. The first step would be to smile. That may make a big difference in his demeanor.

    August 6, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. Neal

    Al Franken is a doofus.

    August 6, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Jim K.

    People are too quick to apologize. I wouldn't have done it. The GOP leaders that I see on CNN and FOX deserved to be mocked, tarred and feathered. I see very few signs of actual leadership. All I see are political hacks.

    August 6, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Can't we all just get along?

    I'm guessing McConnell doesn't like Saturday Night Live?

    August 6, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Al Franken is a CLOWN. Funny on TV, not so much in the Senate.

    August 6, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Becoming political thanks to this administration

    Thanks, Minnesota, for sending this clown to Washington. He wasn't funny on SNL and is even worse in politics.....

    August 6, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "He is entitled to give his speech with the presiding officer just listening respectfully. I went directly to his office after I was done presiding to apologize in person. He wasn't there, so I've sent him a handwritten note."
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    Well done Franken. Way to do the right thing even when they ( the Rethugs) don't.

    I am still waiting for Wilson's apology to the President, members of Congress, the American people, and the viewing audience when that local, classless yokel INTERRUPTED a sitting President to yell out "You Lie!".

    It's going to be VERY hard for you to continue to stay classy with these people, but try your best.

    August 6, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  16. Jack

    If I were from Minnesota and I could not find anyone who really lived in my state to represent me I would be embarrassed.

    August 6, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. snow

    franken is a pathetic joke and the only time he can be called a comic has been since he was elected to public office. franken and grayson out of Florida are both to stupid to pour water out of a boot with the directions on the heel but then again both are typical liberals.

    August 6, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. AmericanFlag

    McConnell is the clown.

    August 6, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. gt

    franken is a idiot who cheated to win ,,, poor minnestota.. you have more clowns in your state .. franken , farve , jesse ventura ,,sad..its we told you so with franken,,,total idiot...

    August 6, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    If I had to listen to Republican hypocrisy for hundreds of hours on end, I'd probably do the same thing. Humor, even in bad taste , is an alternative to choking the crap out of people who sorely need it.

    August 6, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "This isn't 'Saturday Night Live,'
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    You could've fooled a whole bunch of us! With the headlining cast of jokers that your Party currently boasts of, combined with your imbecilic and irresponsible approach to resolving the problems that YOU'VE created,Saturday NIght Lives' brand of comedy pales in comparison.

    August 6, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Eric, Walnut Creek, CA

    Franken gets elected by felon votes...he shouldn't even be in the Senate.

    The guy is a total JOKE. He doesn't just tell jokes, HE IS A JOKE.

    August 6, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Ryan

    Al Franken has the right to mock whoever he wants. We all do. Someone needs to tell Mitch McConnell this news... not to mention there's truth in humor, so Al was probably right regarding his comments.

    August 6, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. sandiego1969

    Al Franken should be in prison with the people who elected him.

    August 6, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Jerry - Florida

    Yeah, this "bufón" needs to apologize not only for his stupidity, but also for fooling the voters that elected him. Oops! I forgot he's just serving as President NObama's lapdog/mouth piece.

    Oh well. So much for progress or is it digression?

    August 6, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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