August 6th, 2010
07:58 AM ET
13 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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  1. Get A Grip

    Franken is a JERK that needs to grow up and find another job!

    August 6, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. perhaps yelling lier lier would have been better

    "Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell complained he mocked him"?

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, too bad

    you should be keeping your GOPers in line before you complain about being mocked

    Wilson for example was FAR worse

    August 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. Roger

    "al Frankenstien is a joke! How is it that an illegally elected freshman Senator gets to chair the Senate during this debate? This is just another example of no experience buffonns in power postions in ths administration! Take America back from these loonies in November!

    August 6, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Richard in Montana

    And you Mr. McConnell are NO senator!

    August 6, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. obama victim

    a democrat with no class?? who would have thought??

    August 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Naqib

    It is pretty funny that Stewart Smally actually got elected to the Senate... In the picture he almost looks distiguished... just goes to show that anything is possible in America... which is good to know

    August 6, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    mr mcconnell is right, it's not SNL it's more like a poorly run 3 ring circus and mr. mcconnell is the cheif clown. Al did not have to do what he did but is a nice gesture.

    August 6, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Dar

    Once a joker always a joker

    August 6, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. JSRagman

    If anyone deserves mocking, it's Mitch McConnell and of course Jeff Sessions, John Boehner....etc (you get the picture)!!

    August 6, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Frank

    This is to be expected when a washed up comedian gets elected to the Senate by voting felons. Only in America. I truly fear for the future of the Republic.

    August 6, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Stephen Lovelady

    Then I guess its ok to scream out at the President of the United States "Liar!" Mitch McConnel has been nsulted? He has been insulting the public intellegence for years now. Just quit whining and grow the hell up!

    August 6, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Ben

    Franken is a total and complete joke. The people of Minnesota should be ashamed of themselves for voting that clown into office.

    August 6, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Tim

    The Republican "leadership" deserves to be mocked. A democrat, however, can receive criticism, evaluate it, and come to a fair and peaceful resolution.

    August 6, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. malabar

    No, snl aint as funny

    August 6, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Oy Vey Az

    Sen.Franken is just a naturally funny man.

    On the other hand Sen.McConnell's pandering to Wall Street executives makes him the real punch line.

    Did you hear the one about the lying crooked senator and the greedy obese banker ? No ? Then you are not paying attention !

    August 6, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. all of America

    This is a good example of obama and his democrats in congress ,they are a bunch of clowns !!! One big joke !

    August 6, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Chris - Denver

    Senator Franken is a stand-up guy to recognize when he has gone too far and apologize for it. A lot of Republicans could learn from that.

    August 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Borgster

    What’s the big deal, just another liberal clown in the Senate. VOTE THEM OUT! Liberals are concerned about everyone’s rights, except for conservatives.

    August 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Thomas

    I am glad he apologized, but what he did was unprofessional. If he wants to be taken seriously as a Senator, he needs to act like one.]

    This will not do his reputation any good

    August 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. teena

    True, so maybe the senators should start DOING their jobs and begin representing the citizens rather than THEIR own interests!

    August 6, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Triple A

    I do not share the style or the views of Mr. Franken at all (of course that is part of what makes our government system work). However if more people would step up to their mistakes, yes even if it is as foolish as this one was. Then America would have a little more respect for people in Government.

    August 6, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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