Murkowski: Dems don't have cooties
January 25th, 2011
12:03 PM ET
12 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. Sgt Schultz

    It's about time. Enough of the rudeness, shouting and disrespecting the President by the Republicans. Bring something useful to the table or don't bother showing up to work.

    January 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Of course, Murkowski has to use a word like "cooties" to get her point across: The Republicans have shown us time and again they are infantile in their approach, what with their "mean girl" candidates like Palin and Bachmann; the way they vilify anyone who disagrees with them; their childish obstruction of everything President Obama has tried to do, regardless of the negative effect on our country – simply because THEY LOST IN 2008!

    January 25, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    BeanerECMO says about the Dems: "... their plans to wreck this country is virulently infectious ..."

    What "plans"? The policies that pulled our nation back from the brink of economic disaster? The signing of the START treaty, which extended the provisions Reagan put into place? The passing of health care reform which is virtually identical to what Richard Nixon proposed back in 1972? Extending unemployment benefits to people WHO HAD PAID INTO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FOR YEARS?

    Quit listening to Fox and Beck and all the other liars – open your mind and use your head!

    January 25, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    She is obviously getting on the nerves of the red-meat republicans. She flipped off Failin Palin and won in a write-in election so the Baggers and the sheep are all up in arms:

    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.

    Hopefully she will show some "sense" and not walk in lock step (or goose step) with the rest of the Republicans

    January 25, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Get Grip: The Republicans took the House – and only the House – because Dems didn't turn out at the polls like they should have.

    Our country is better off having an intelligent, hardworking person in the White House – you need to get over the fact that he's Black.

    January 25, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. carlos

    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.

    And you rather have the pathetic CRYER of the HOUSE??????????......

    January 25, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Boehner is an IDIOT

    I would like to give crybaby Boehner some he can spread that disease to his fellow Tea tards right-wing NUTs while he is distributing his lobbyist campaign cash on the house floor as he cries me a river!!!

    Republiklan Tea Party spread lies, hate and cooties to the American people...lay down right wing NUT lemmings because you are about to be cootied!!!!

    January 25, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. CommonSense

    I really like your comment and actually style of politics now...way to give to Sarah and Joe!!!! We really need more like you and this is coming from a Democrat....

    January 25, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. General P. Malaise

    she isn't a republican ..yes she should sit with the democrats.

    January 25, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  10. John D.

    Too funny! Now that the dems are the minority all their supporters are talking about how nice bipartisanship would be! They're just trying not to look so pitiful! What a joke! As for Murkowski, the further away she sits the better. what a mug. someone beat her with the ugly stick long ago.

    January 25, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Closetiguana

    Why can't you do both?
    It's not like you can't make gestures of civility without concentrating on the content of President Obama's speech.

    January 25, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Politics is not a "contact sports game" like football and these people in Washington need to realize what they say and how they are preceived has an impact on all Americans lives. The real grid iron people are on the football field and not sitting in a comfortable office throwing spit balls at one another, they need to get over themselves and work on getting Americans jobs and instead of working on their personal campaigns.

    January 25, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. RainyDayNinja

    Just to be safe, Joe Biden will be giving out cootie shots to everyone at the door.

    January 25, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. johnnycab23513

    She would be siitting with the democrats all of the time if she were honest. She votes with them on all the important issues.

    January 25, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    A broken clock is correct twice a day, and Murkowski, you got it right!

    January 25, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    It reminds me of being stupid. How would you like to be seated by Pelosi, Read, Kerry, etc. Good gosh the body odor coming from them who have rottened America's economy and followed the Anti-Christ Obama. You know they say the Anti-Christ reeks of sulfur. He spends, spends, spends and now who must reap the reward. "we the people of the united states. It's time to impeach the monster and run the other ratty Democrats out of Washington.

    January 25, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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