Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties
January 25th, 2011
12:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked reporters covering Tuesday's State of the Union address not to spend too much time focusing on prom-like questions about where Republicans and Democrats are sitting, but instead to concentrate on the content of President Obama's speech.

"It's like going to the prom and who's wearing what dress," Murkowski said. "And to a certain extent this has been a little bit of a dating show. You know, who are you going with? Reminds me a little of 8th grade."

Murkowski spoke at a news conference with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado, and other early proponents of the bipartisan seating arrangements that have dominated much of the news coverage of the annual speech.

"It should be the content of his speech and not necessarily where everyone ends up sitting," she said.

Despite her plea, Murkowski and Udall couldn't stop themselves from playing up high school themes.

"There are no cooties" to be spread between Democrats and Republicans, Murkowski said.

Udall said the bipartisan seating plan was aimed at stopping the "high school pep rally" atmosphere in the House chamber as members of one party cheer the president's remarks while members of the other party sit with their arms folded.

'We want to change the tone and show the public that we can work together," Udall said.
Murkowski said she has a "double-date" for the speech with Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii.

Udall said he has a "mystery" guest who will be revealed later in the day.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I like Murkowski, she makes sense AND she saw through the Half-Wit half-termer's dubious "charms".

    January 25, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. BeanerECMO

    No, dems don't have cooties, but their plans to wreck this country is virulently infectious, and Murkowski is a bitter person as a dem in RINO clothing.

    January 25, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Lynne

    Nice job Lisa!

    January 25, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    They may not have the cooties, but they sure have the GREEDIES.

    January 25, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Pretzel Logic

    While I applaud the sentiment, I think she missed an opportunity to elevate the current political dialog. Immaturity is part of the problem, so playing to it weakens the statement. But progress none the less.

    January 25, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Get Grip

    "cooties"????? Is she kidding me? "cooties"???? That's a word we all used in elementary school.

    No Murkowski, the Democrats don't have "cooties" and they certainly don't have the support of most of the people in this country. Didn't Murkowski figure that one out in November?

    January 25, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. DJ

    Why shouldn't she. It was the Dems that elected her in AK last year

    January 25, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. korey williams

    In just about every job we have to find common ground with whom we work with. So I think this is a start

    January 25, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Jacob

    good for her! she really has risen above the noise, we need more politicians like her!

    January 25, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Go Lisa! Now all you have to do is thumb your nose at the party that would not support you in your reelection and go total maverick! Either that or challenge Senator McConnell for the leadership position!

    January 25, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    All I can say is it will be SOOO NICE to not have Nancy Pelosi sitting behind behind Obama and popping up at the end of every sentence with a stupid look on her face and clapping like a penquin on speed.

    Let's see if Obama got the message from Nov. 2nd. It will be interesting.

    January 25, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    I think the Dems are just encouraging this, to keep from being made to look bad, by the increased numbers in the house, not applauding Obama's speech. The GOP is going along with it, to make people think they are meeting the Dems half way, which of course, they aren't.

    January 25, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    Who cares where you sit, as long as you work together??? Sitting next to each other is not going to impress me one iota unless something gets done. The whiners in the House and Senate need to grow up and get over themselves.

    January 25, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Rick H.

    This gets more and more juvenile with each story.

    Gee, thanks Alaska.

    January 25, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. megan

    Lisa is the only woman in the gop that not scared of Rush, Sara,Glenda Beck, Hannity. You go girl!!

    January 25, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    We don't have Cooties – we have BOOTIES..............LMAO!! More BOOTIE than the RIGHT!!!

    Murkowski and Brown are "different" RepubliCAN'Ts – they are NOT branded by the far-right and will THINK and VOTE their own minds!!!

    January 25, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Sgt Schultz

    We are suppose to be the United not the Divided States of America. Stop pointing fingers, making excuses and playing games.

    January 25, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Bill

    Well they don't have cooties .... but their Ideas???? thats another story.

    January 25, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I think the Dems are just encouraging this, to keep from being made to look bad, by the increased numbers in the house, not applauding Obama's speech."

    IT should be noted that this was posted under an article about a GOPer encouraging this.

    January 25, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "All I can say is it will be SOOO NICE to not have Nancy Pelosi sitting behind behind Obama and popping up at the end of every sentence with a stupid look on her face and clapping like a penquin on speed."

    Careful what you wish for...Boehner rolls his eyes or checks his watch even once and he's going to look like a disrespectful jack-ss.

    "Let's see if Obama got the message from Nov. 2nd. It will be interesting."

    That's such a wonderful talking point coming from people who never got the messages from November 2006 and November 2008. Kudos. Hypocrisy is the new black.

    January 25, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Taking Back America; One Vote At A Time

    Maybe not, but I'm not so sure she doesn't!
    The ONLY reason they want this seating mix is so the world will not notice how slanted the power is toward Republican control. But that's ok.....in 2 more years there won't be any Dems left!

    January 25, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. Rickster

    "Dems don't have cooties"...............maybe not but they are completely insane lunatics.

    January 25, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. mfhpr

    Tomorrow and beyond will obviously tell whether or not these folks grow up and learn to tell the truth and work for US – U.S., not themselves and their party's best interest. It amazes me that we citizens have allowed it to continue in such juvenile terms for this long. I think Lisa learned something when faced with being fired and narrowly squeaking out a win to retain her cushy job. I now trust she will keep moving forward with an open mind and hopefully influence the immature majority she normally sides with...

    January 25, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. norfitz

    Another classy gesture would be for the Republicans to stop texting while President Obama is speaking. How about some respect? The Sergeant of Arms should take away the devices until the end of the speech, as well as their gum (unless of course they brought enough for everyone).

    January 25, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Dems don't have cooties, but we are not sure about the baggers.

    January 25, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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