Senate candidates bring best bare-knuckled barbs

  • Article by: LARRY OAKES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2008 - 7:01 AM

Barkley, Coleman and Franken sparred over who is to blame for the economy and who can fix it.

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jonesynateOct. 16, 0811:05 PM

The two main parties want you to think you have only two choices. That is true as long as you believe it is true. Just look at how successful that two party system has been lately. Let's vote for someone who will hold the line on government spending. Obviously the Republicans aren't concerned about deficits and the Dems never have been. Vote Dean Barkley. If you haven't educated yourself about him, you are doing a disservice to the democratic process. I couldn't vote for a Brooklyn career politician nor a hateful Hollywood nutjob. You have another choice--check it out.

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metguyOct. 16, 0811:18 PM

Franken's average contribution this last quarter was under $60. What kind of "special interest" group makes that size of contribution? The middle class, that's what kind of "special interest" group. And Franken will be working for them every day!

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solarguyOct. 17, 0812:31 AM

The Democrats in The White House and in Congress will need all the help they can get to undo the wreckage of Republican rule. God Bless Al Franken and God Bless America. May she be returned to her former greatness.

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mattgerhanOct. 17, 08 1:40 AM

I think this do nothing democrat controlled congress has done as much to put this country in this position then the Bush administration. Al Franken is to liberal made too many enemies in the republican party with his radio show, he is in capable of working with the opposite party to get stuff done. Like them or not at least Wellstone was honest and at least Coleman was active, what does Franken bring to table?

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tomtrishOct. 17, 08 1:59 AM

Republican rule my bleep! Liberalism has ruled America for 60 years. Yes, there have been Republican Presidents during that time and yes, they controlled Congress briefly, but the most they've been able to do is to stem the tide of liberalism. They had an opportunity to do more, but unfortumately, there are liberal Republicans. It's liberalism that has all but destoyed the family structure, created a huge and invasive government, and slowly eroded our personal freedom. This country needs a conservative enema. Frankly, none of the Senate candidates offer that, but Al Franken certainly ain't it.

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sunshine2525Oct. 17, 08 5:12 AM

know what's best for our economy. You would think running for US Senate would be more than playground talk. Without the money to refinance the banks, as Europe and Bush/Paulson are now doing we would be heading to a 30's type depression. Al Franken would sell his mother down the river for his own personal gain. He plays politics in everything he does. Barkley doesn't get economics either. This mess is going to cost us a couple trillion more. It's a shame but there are few choices. Norm, he's just like Franken, all political. There must be something in the water in New York. We have many Minnesotans who are better than these clowns. I was sleeping but woke up because I was dreaming about the senate race. It was a nightmare. No one in their right mind can back any of these fools. It's all poliltics and there is no real courage or leadership there. This is a tragic end to a race that should have mattered. Franken's big money, Coleman's big money and Barkley with no money. These people are clowns not deserving of representing us.

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atraneOct. 17, 08 5:39 AM

pretty sure the democrats are not in control of washington. maybe you should do a little research and you'll see that the the democrats have an overwhelming majority in the house and senate. I think us voters should try and put a stop to this majority. the way it looks is that washington will be in complete control of democrats in just a few months. this whole two party system is an absolute mess. we need to get more and better third party candidates out there.

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gourmetboyOct. 17, 08 5:43 AM

...why does your majority Congress have a lower approval rating than even Bush? Hmmm... lemme think.

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comment229Oct. 17, 08 5:51 AM

I was impressed that Coleman pulled his attack ads.... and then I started seeing MORE attack ads against Franken.... how could this be?!!!! Sure, Coleman pulled his ads, to look good and sway a few undecideds..... and at the same time, the republican party has just kept right on attacking... paid for by the republicans, not Coleman.... so.... wouldn't you have liked to have been in that room when THAT discussion was held? "Yeah, hey.... I have an idea.... I will pull my negative ads, and make a big deal out of it.... and then the republican party can just keep right on going!!!" one end run The other end run? Golden parachutes for CEO's... ok ok... we are NOT going to give them anymore... a $750 billion dollar promise.... and what happened? AIG tossed out one CEO and told him no golden anything!!!! Admirable..... and then hired him back to "consult" for one million a MONTH.... And Americans somehow keep buying all this!!!

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dobermanmacOct. 17, 08 5:56 AM

If Republican was a brand of dog food, it would be pulled off the shelf. Coleman was all too happy to identify himself as a Republican when he ran last, but now, WHEN IT IS POLITICALLY CONVENIENT, he doesn't claim the same label. If that doesn't say it all, then you are too partisan to reason with. By the way, how can Norm not admit that the preventative Iraqi invasion was a mistake (in retrospect)? Again, because it is CONVENIENT.

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