Coleman: I won't run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012
February 1st, 2011
02:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Coleman: I won't run against Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012

Washington (CNN) - He was once a member of what's commonly called, "the world's most exclusive club." But does Norm Coleman want to return to the Senate?

The Republican, who served Minnesota, says no – at least not now.

Coleman, appearing on's Top Line on Tuesday, was asked if he would try to oust Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar in 2012. She is the first woman elected to represent Minnesota in the Senate.

"I'm not going to run against Amy Klobuchar," Coleman said. "I've said, in other forums, that I haven't ruled out public service. My heart's in public service, at some point. But not in 2012."

Coleman served one term in the Senate. In the 2008 race, he battled against Sen. Al Franken. Coleman narrowly lost to the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian after a prolonged political drama that included a disputed vote count and a long legal drama.

Currently, Coleman is the CEO of The American Action Network – a group that hopes to attract more Latinos to the Republican Party.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Republicans = Fascists

    Run Norm. You've got nothing else better to do. Sen. Klobuchar will wipe the floor with you. She is an outstanding senator.

    February 1, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This should open the way for Michelle Bachmann, girl genius, to run. After all, the Kochs are not going to let Michelle run for bagger president against Mittens, as Romeny would lose.

    February 1, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. gar

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar is one of the most outstanding public servants in America today. We can only hope that the people of Minnesota will return her to the U.S. Senate.

    February 1, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Geneo

    I hope the GOP can find someone to run against this loser.

    February 1, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Dave

    Blah blah Coleman blah blah empty shirt blah blah useless.

    February 1, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    He needs to get rid of those teeth – looks like francis the talking mule.

    February 1, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Chumlee

    Coleman is a loser – who cares what he thinks or plans to do. Just ask anyone from Minnesota – he lost, Franken

    February 1, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. bob

    Smart man.

    February 1, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I guess Coleman hasn't been listening, Republicans don't consider Latinos natural born citizens even though they were born in the U.S. Just more proof Republicans think Hispanics are stupid enough to support them.

    February 1, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Let me guess, he wants to run for president ... that's all the GOP has to offer our country these days: A bunch of egocentric, self-deluded politicians who have no ideas except to cut taxes for the wealthy ...

    February 1, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Because Amy would KLOBuchar him into the hole this freak crawled out of.
    Is it just me or does this freak have one of those faces that not even a mother could love???

    February 1, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    In other news, Coleman has been donating his skin pigment to GOP researchers attempting to find a way to secretlyl make Obama darker in order to make their base even more angry and scared.

    Seriously, did you use the "albino" lens when taking that stock picture CNN?

    February 1, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I'm not going to run against Amy Klobuchar," Coleman said. "

    Good. Quite frankly, Coleman, Minnesota has had about all it can take from you, both when you were a Democrat, or as when you recently changed sides to become a Republican. It made no matter, you failed miserably as either the one or the other ... take your pick. The same applies to Bachmann, who herself was once a registered Democrat and switched to embrace the outer limits of GOPerLand. Neither one of these two fools could ever replace Amy Klobuchar.

    February 1, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |