Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma delivered his farewell address to the U.S. Senate Thursday. An emotional Coburn thanked the staff of the Senate and the U.S. Capitol before delivering an assessment of the state of the Congress and of the country. Watch the video below:
"Can we cheat history? Can we do something better than has been done in the past?" said Coburn. "I believe we can. But I don't believe that we can if we continue to ignore the wisdom of our founding documents."
An obstetrician, Coburn served three terms in the House of Representatives and was elected to the Senate in 2004. He was reelected in 2010 but announced at the beginning of 2014 that he would resign from the Senate at the end of the year. GOP congressman James Lankford was elected in November to serve the final two years of Coburn's term.