August 6th, 2010
07:58 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP leader to senator: 'This isn't 'Saturday Night Live'


 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. Hugo

    What's up with these immature jerks, first blaming everyone else for their failures now another one mocking another colleague during his presentation. How can there be so many idiots that vote for these morons, is America really that intellectually challenged and easily duped or has the left figured out how to bring the dolts to the vote box?

    August 6, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Chaco

    A mature response by Franken to his mistake and lack of decorum. Let lawmakers on both sides of the aisle take a lesson from this. Show some respect to each other and act like you belong in Congress, not middle school.

    August 6, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Muff

    McConnell is right. Senate business is not Staurday Night Live....its Comedy Central!!!!! McConnell, Nay-ner and friends are the headliners!

    August 6, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Linda

    Senator Frankin – you did not need to apologize to this idiot –
    because McConnell is an IDIOT!

    August 6, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Simon-Orlando

    What's he apologizing for? Congress is like SNL. It's a series of laughable acts created by a bunch of clowns.

    August 6, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Tinkers Dam

    At least you could print what it was Franken said. Good ole CNN....They won't tell the whole story.

    August 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Ted

    when will Mitch Mcconnell apologize for Sarah Palin, Joe wilson, bobbie jindal, george bush and the rest of the morons of the Grand Obstructionist Party?

    August 6, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. jpmichigan

    The Democratic Party on the Hill, is this nations' Saturday day night comedy show' and the lead comic is Al Franken!

    August 6, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    Mitchy is a goofy America hating doofus who deserves to be mocked continuously, as to ALL republicans. These bastages have zero respect for our President, they deserve the same.

    August 6, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Ron in california

    Fraken is a nit wit. The folks in Minnesota should undo this joke at the next election.

    August 6, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. laurahdet

    Stop crying like a baby Mitch McConnell!! Too bad it is not "Saturday Night Live" I would love to see you in a clown suit, it befits you.

    August 6, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Robert

    To have a fifth-rate comedian like Al Franken a member of the United States Senate is an insult not only to that body but to the nation. To see him presiding is worse than disgusting, it's obscene.

    August 6, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Still cannot believe this joker is a senator. I thought the circus freak show was a trademark of the House of Representatives with the speaker flying in on a broom and all that, but not the senate!

    August 6, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Mike

    Al Franken is a disgrace and embarrassment to the state of Minnesota. He is proving over and over why he doesn't deserve to be a U.S. Senator.
    He won his seat strictly on the "anti-Republican" sentiment throughout this country and the extreme liberal bias within Minnesota.
    Hopefully the voters in Minnesota will be a little wiser next time they have the opportunity to vote for a U.S. Senator.
    Klobuchar continues to be a reasonable voice for this state but Franken is nothing short of a Democrat mouthpiece and punch line.
    Can't wait til you're booted out of office Al. It will be good riddance.

    August 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. Rachael

    The Republicans can yell "lier" to the President of the United States and the whole Party of Republicans can call Obama a Socialist, .......why would anyone give these low lifes and apology? As my Father always said "It takes Honor and courage for a person to say their sorry, it's DAMN FOOLS WHO CAN' can see what catagory the GOP falls into.........The GOP owes the Country an apology for selling out their PARTY to the TEA BAGGERS and losing what their past Repbulicans fought so hard for to make an Honorable, Respectful Party but NO MORE THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE FOOLS that will destroy this country.......they not only have sold out on their party but have SOLD THEIR SOULS TO THE DEVIL HIMSELF (Pailin, Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reily, Hannity and the rest of the radical racists0

    August 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. phoenix86

    Franken cheated his way into the Senate and is clearly unqualified for the position.

    August 6, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. We Remember

    Franken has 1,000 times more class than McCennell.

    August 6, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. aunt Bea and Opie

    Someone please show old turtlehead the nearest bridge,hes the most useless piece of dung in the pasture.

    August 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Al Franken is a joke to the US Senate and the American People.

    August 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. LIP

    Many citizens wish that Minnesota voters had used good common sense and left Franken to his comedy routines on TV and not in the halls of congress. His material, his sarcasm and his personality in general, suck.

    August 6, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. jim

    Sen.Al Franken probably has a lot of friends that work for CNN.They believe in most of the views espoused by this far left progressive.

    August 6, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Joe L

    No apology necessary; please don't pander to the GOP, Dems!

    August 6, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Larry

    Whatever became of the story about Franken being elected based upon illegally-cast ballots of convicted felons and prisoners?

    August 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. vgal

    So, it's OK to mock the president, but it's not OK to mock McConnell? Pick a stance hypocrites. Getting sick of hearing you complain BOTH WAYS.

    August 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. hangemhi

    Al fits in with the rest of those comediens. Only difference is he is aware he is a comedien. Al did show a lot of character by acknowledging and correcting a wrong promptly.

    August 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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