10:04 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One Republican candidate hoping to replace Oklahoma's Tom Coburn in the U.S. Senate is out with a new ad introducing himself to voters statewide. T.W. Shannon, the 35-year former speaker of the state house, has a 60-second television spot highlighting his biography as a "sixth-generation Oklahoman" who is "guided by his faith" and instilling the values of his parents and grandparents in his own children.
"If conservatives here in Oklahoma and across America will unite and send the right leaders to Washington, we can restore prosperity, we can renew our values, and we can reclaim our destiny," says Shannon, sitting in a church pew. "With conservative leadership, we can fix what's wrong with this country." Watch the ad below:
Shannon (the T.W. stands for "Tahrohon Wayne") is the first black speaker of the house in Oklahoma and was first elected to the house in 2008. He recently stepped down as house speaker to run for the seat being vacated by the retiring Coburn, who will resign his seat two years early at the end of 2014.
Also running for Coburn's seat is fellow Republican James Lankford, a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. One poll in early February showed Lankford with a large lead over Shannon, 54 percent to 18 percent, among GOP primary voters. As the Hill explains, Shannon has relatively low name recognition compared with Lankford:
Low name recognition is part of the reason Shannon's drawing less than 18 percent support — a third of voters say they’ve never heard of him, and another 22 percent say they’ve heard of him but have no opinion about him.
11:22 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tom Coburn, the retiring Republican senator from Oklahoma and an influential conservative, endorsed Ben Sasse in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska. Roll Call has the story:
8:40 PM, Jan 27, 2014 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
As Bill Kristol and Jeff Anderson noted earlier today, the introduction by Republican Senators Burr, Coburn, and Hatch of an Obamacare replacement plan is an important milestone in the health care debate. This is a serious and practical replacement proposal, offered by three prominent legislators. It could easily serve as the starting point for a legislative effort, perhaps even next year if Republicans regain control of the Senate, to undo Obamacare and replace it with something far better.
1:59 PM, Nov 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
UPDATE: Coburn's spokesman called to say that his boss was joking. Says the spokesman, “Dr. Coburn was poking fun at himself and the focus on presidential politics and rivalries three years ahead of the next election. The exchange characterized below was a joke – it didn’t happen in real life …” The full text of the speech is bellow. The post is updated to reflect this fact.
'Congress needs to be in a 12-step program.'2:05 PM, Oct 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Tom Coburn tore up a poster of what he called "Congress's credit card" on the Senate floor:
"Do we, in fact, have the right or the privilege or the ability to ask for an extension and a raising of our debt when, in fact, we haven't acted responsibly with our spending?"
7:35 PM, Jul 18, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
This afternoon Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) unveiled his own proposal to reduce to deficit. The plan, which purports to reduce the deficit by over $9 trillion over the next decade, does so by cutting discretionary spending and entitlements as well as by raising some revenue and counting savings on interest payments. Included among Coburn’s cuts is over $1 trillion from the Department of Defense budget.
“It’s specific, it’s detailed, it makes hard choices,” said Coburn in a press conference at the Capitol. “But it’s necessary.”
Jun 20, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 38 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Is Newt Gingrich getting out? Could be—or maybe you don’t need a staff to run. Is Rick Perry getting in? Why not? Who else combines governing success and Tea Party credibility? What about Rudy Giuliani? He apparently intends to see whether the second time’s a charm. In the Senate Dining Room, John Thune’s getting encouragement to reconsider from some of his colleagues, while Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are conferring to see if one of them should carry the deficit hawk banner.
Earmark debate pits Coburn against Inhofe. 9:48 AM, Nov 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The proposed earmark moratorium that the Republican Senate caucus will vote on tomorrow has pitted Oklahoma's two conservative senators against one another. "Republicans can send a signal that they get it," earmark opponent Tom Coburn tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD. "Or they can send a signal that they continue to not get it and say they're not going to change.
8:30 AM, Oct 26, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Seven months after Obamacare's passage, the Senate's two doctors have conducted a “check-up” on the highly unpopular health care overhaul, the passage of which is about to cost the Democrats their nearly 80-seat advantage in the House and possibly even their 18-seat advantage in the Senate (where two more doctors, Rand Paul (R., Ky.), M.D., and John Boozman (R., Ark.), O.D., will likely be among the GOP newcomers).
2:34 PM, Oct 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Jon Stewart owes Senator Tom Coburn an apology. Josh Rogin reports that Stewart falsely accused Coburn of holding up $1 billion in aid money to Haiti.