Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue, or he didn’t mean it the way it came out. Nonetheless, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is getting a lot of attention for a comment he made on the Senate floor yesterday while discussing the coming vote on Health Care reform. “What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can’t make the vote tonight. That’s what they ought to pray.” Update Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) challenged Coburn to come back to the floor to explain himself.
It seems that a healthy debate has already begun about the true meaning behind Coburn’s remarks. Was he hoping somebody simply missed a train or was late to the vote? Or something far worse? And if so, was it pure hyperbole or something more concrete?
Coburn’s co-hort Dick Durbin seemed confused by the comments and challenged Coburn to explain what he meant back on the Senate floor. Poltico reports that “Durbin said he tried to contact Coburn via the Oklahoma Republicans office and the Senate GOP cloakroom but got no response.”
Durbin did offer the following: “I don’t think it’s appropriate to invoking prayer to wish misfortune on a colleague. And I want him to clarify that,” Durbin said. “He is my friend and I have worked with him. But this statement goes too far.”
Sen. Durbin’s comments:
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