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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he tries to keep a good relationship with President Obama so that he can have "an influence" with the. Apr 17, During last night's presidential debate in Philadelphia, Barack Obama tried to defend his relationship with William Ayers by alluding to. Tom Coburn hug President Barack Obama after the president's recent does he have on my (Republican) side that he has a relationship with?.
The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed with no finding of liability on Coburn's part. The state attorney general claimed that Coburn committed Medicaid fraud by not reporting the sterilization when he filed a claim for the emergency surgery.
Medicaid did not reimburse doctors for sterilization procedures for patients under 21 and according to the attorney general, Coburn would not have been reimbursed at all had he not withheld this information. Coburn says since he did not file a claim for the sterilization, no fraud was committed. No charges were filed against Coburn for this claim.
Coburn initially expected to face eight-term incumbent Mike Synar. However, Synar was defeated in a runoff for the Democratic nomination by a year-old retired principalVirgil Cooper. According to Coburn's book, Breach of Trust: The general election was cordial, since both men knew that Synar would not return to Washington regardless of the outcome.
Coburn was one of the most conservative members of the House. He supported "reducing the size of the federal budget ," wanted to make abortion illegal and supported the proposed television V-chip legislation.
Coburn endorsed conservative activist and former diplomat Alan Keyes in the Republican presidential primaries. His congressional district returned to the Democratic fold, as attorney Brad Carson defeated a Republican endorsed by Coburn. After leaving the House and returning to private medical practice, Coburn wrote Breach of Trust, with ghostwriter John Hart, about his experiences in Congress.
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The book detailed Coburn's perspective on the internal Republican Party debates over the Contract With America and displayed his disdain for career politicians. Some of the figures he criticized such as Gingrich were already out of office at the time of the book's publishing, but others such as former House Speaker Dennis Hastert remained influential in Congress, which resulted in speculation that some congressional Republicans wanted no part of Coburn's return to politics.
During his tenure in the House, Coburn wrote and passed far-reaching legislation. These include laws to expand seniors' health care options, to protect access to home health care in rural areas and to allow Americans to access cheaper medications from Canada and other nations. Coburn also wrote a law intended to prevent the spread of AIDS to infants. The Wall Street Journal said about the law, "In 10 long years of AIDS politics and funding, this is actually the first legislation to pass in this country that will rescue babies.
InPresident George W. During his three terms in the House, Coburn also played an influential role in reforming welfare and other federal entitlement programs.
Coburn described the airing of Schindler's List on television as "irresponsible sexual behavior.
Tom Coburn, GOP Budget Hawk And Obama Friend, To Leave Senate
I cringe when I realize that there were children all across this nation watching this program. In apologizing, Coburn said that at that time of the evening there are still large numbers of children watching without parental supervision and stated that he stood by his message of protecting children from violence, but had expressed it poorly.
He also said, "My intentions were good, but I've obviously made an error in judgment in how I've gone about saying what I wanted to say. Senate career[ edit ] After three years out of politics, Coburn announced his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by four-term incumbent Republican Don Nickles.
In the general election, he faced Brad Carsona Democrat who had succeeded him in the 2nd District and was giving up his seat after only two terms. Senate from Illinois in ; a meeting was held at Ayer's house. Stephanopoulos asked Obama to explain the relationship with Ayers to the voters and why it wouldn't be a problem with them. Obama replied that Ayers hasn't officially endorsed him and he isn't someone that he meets with or exchanges ideas on a regular basis.
He refuted the notion that everyone's ideas that he previously associates with be attributed to him. Senator Obama also said that Ayers is a guy that lives in his neighborhood and is currently a professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The Illinois Senator also had this to say regarding Tom Coburn in response to Stephanopoulos' question: Do I need to apologize for Mr.
Because I certainly don't agree with those, either.
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Coburn was quoted by the Associated Press on July 9, that he favored the death penalty for abortionists. Three days later, Coburn clarified his remarks by stating that doctors who perform abortions shouldn't be put to death right now because abortion is legal in the United States.
However, he reiterated that he doesn't believe that abortion should be legal.