July 8th, 2014
07:21 PM ET
1 month ago

Coburn: Obama's border funding 'wrong approach,' offers first class seat home to every child

(CNN) – Sen. Tom Coburn said Tuesday he opposes President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of unaccompanied minors across the southwest border.

"That's $60,000 per child we will spend, in emergency money," the Oklahoma Republican said on CNN's "Crossfire."

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Filed under: 2014 • Crossfire • Immigration • President Obama • Tom Coburn
Physician senator to Obama:  VA needs great manager at the helm
June 14th, 2014
02:05 PM ET
2 months ago

Physician senator to Obama: VA needs great manager at the helm

Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician and three-time cancer survivor, says he knows firsthand “how frustrating the wait to see a doctor can be.”

That’s why, the Republican from Oklahoma says, President Barack Obama should nominate a new Veterans Affairs secretary with the “management skills, leadership ability and determination” to fix the problems at the scandal-plagued department.
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June 5th, 2014
05:53 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN exclusive: Doctor in Senate says Bergdahl was drugged in video

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, who is a also a physician, told CNN he is convinced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was drugged in the so-called "proof of life" video shown to senators during a closed briefing Wednesday.

When news broke of Bergdahl's release in exchange for five Guantanamo prisoners, administration officials cited Bergdahl's health as a driving factor in the decision to make the deal and get him home.

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Filed under: Senate • Tom Coburn
March 7th, 2014
03:11 PM ET
6 months ago

Political Circus: McConnell comes strapped to CPAC...sort of

Mitch McConnell came strapped to the Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

The Senate minority leader, 72, held his rifle mightily overhead before presenting it to his pal, Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, as part of the NRA Courage Under Fire lifetime achievement award.

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Rising GOP star announces Senate bid
January 29th, 2014
02:41 PM ET
7 months ago

Rising GOP star announces Senate bid

(CNN) – One's in and one's out.

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon officially announced his bid Wednesday for the U.S. Senate seat in his state that's opening up due to Sen. Tom Coburn's early retirement.
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Filed under: 2014 • Oklahoma • Tom Coburn
Race is on for open U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma
January 20th, 2014
01:24 PM ET
7 months ago

Race is on for open U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma

(CNN) - A two-term Republican congressman and rising star in the GOP announced Monday that he's running in a special election this year for the U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma that's opening up due to Sen. Tom Coburn's retirement.

The move by Rep. James Lankford follows by a day the announcements from two other Oklahoma Republicans that they would not be making Senate bids.

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Filed under: Oklahoma • Senate • Tom Coburn
Cole won't seek Coburn's seat
January 19th, 2014
11:04 PM ET
7 months ago

Cole won't seek Coburn's seat

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Tom Cole, thought of as a likely choice to seek retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's Senate seat, took himself out of consideration Sunday evening.

Coburn announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional session, ending his six-year term two years early.

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to retire
January 17th, 2014
07:15 AM ET
7 months ago

Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to retire

(CNN) - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the current congressional session, ending his six-year term two years early.

The Oklahoma Republican, 65, has been battling cancer.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Oklahoma • Senate • Tom Coburn
Coburn objects to 'cut and paste' job on DHS nominee's questionnaire
Sen. Tom Coburn
November 13th, 2013
03:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Coburn objects to 'cut and paste' job on DHS nominee's questionnaire

Washington (CNN) - There was a heated exchange at the confirmation hearing for Homeland Security Secretary designate Jeh Johnson, but it had nothing to do with questions over his qualifications or politics, but rather questions over his questionnaire.

"I'm extremely disturbed by the responses to the questionnaire," Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said in his opening statement. "Either the legislative staff or the White House has cut and pasted identical answers to 23 questions in your response. Identical responses to that of other nominees."
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Tom Coburn
Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer
November 5th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
10 months ago

Coburn has recurrence of prostate cancer

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Tom Coburn is facing his second diagnosis of prostate cancer in two years, his office said Tuesday.

"Dr. Coburn has had a recurrence of prostate cancer and will be undergoing further evaluation and treatment," spokesman John Hart said in a statement.
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