Conservative Tom Coburn: Pelosi Is 'Nice,' Fox 'Biased'
Oklahoma senator tells town hall to not be fooled by TV
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2010 1:17 PM CDT
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., right, speaks at a news conference about the pending health care bill as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, listens on.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Staunchly conservative Republican Senator Tom Coburn displayed a surprising bipartisan spirit at a recent town hall in his home state of Oklahoma, praising Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi and putting down Fox News. He may be “180 degrees in opposition” to Pelosi, Coburn told the crowd, but “she is a nice lady.” “How many of you all have met her,” he challenged the assembly, which booed in return.

Coburn wasn’t done tweaking his constituents, the Hill reports, and moved on to say non-disparaging things about health care reform. When a questioner suggested that the government might throw people in jail for not buying insurance, as mandated by law, Coburn scoffed. “That makes for good TV news on Fox but that isn’t the intention,” he said. What’s more, “don’t catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good,” he scolded. “The people in Washington are good.”

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marjoriesummers
Apr 8, 2010 1:43 PM CDT
A quote by Nancy Pelosi during the Bush second term, "Oh yes, we have many arrows aimed at Mr. Bush and we are sharpening them all." A nice lady? If you said that about Obama the FBI would come knocking at your door.
marjoriesummers
Apr 8, 2010 1:39 PM CDT
A quote by Nancy Pelosi during the Bush second term,"Oh yes, we have many arrows aimed at Mr. Bush and we are sharpening them all." A nice lady? If you said that about Obama, the FBI would come knocking on your door.
LibertyAtStake
Apr 7, 2010 3:41 PM CDT
Seems like the good doctor is attempting to walk a fence here. Memo to Sen. Coburn: have you noticed the fence gets thinner with every step? http://libertyatstake.blogspot... / [For a light hearted take on our present peril]