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I am tired of the nasty smears that Norm and the NRSC have been leveling against Al Franken and his campaign. The sleazy, inaccurate TV ads, the reprehensible "children's-type comic" mailer and now their accusations that Al and Campaign have "orchestrated" the 2 lawsuits in Texas have caused me to lose any respect I may have had for Norm at one time. They strain Norm's credibility, because his claims are so outrageous and exaggerated. Norm will not have my vote, but Al will. Al is more transparent and, warts and all, you know where he stands. He has owned up to his past mistakes, has worked terribly hard to meet, learn about and advocate for the average citizen, which makes him more like me.
Al Franken is running for Senate because he cares about Minnesota and the country. He has been very successful in a number of different areas. He wants to represent the state where he grew up. He doesn't need to. Norm Coleman on the other hand has worked in the public sector almost all his adult life. Working in the private sector would be a completely different lifestyle for him.
O.K. you guys want to use the "Private Sector Test". Fine, put the resume's of Al Franken and Norm Coleman side by side, and the resume's of Obama and McCain side by side and tell me which two are more qualified to get the jobs they are running for. This wouldn't even be close. But we don't vote on qualifications anymore, we vote on how the candidate makes us "feel". Thanks for nothing, Oprah!
I wanted to beleive I could vote for Franken mostly because I think Coleman is wel.. Coleman. I think after watching this debate in my opinion I cannot see Franken being anything other than a mouth piece for MN and the DNC. I like that he could bring some attention to MN and I think would represent us well enough, I just think it is time to send both parties a message and vote Dean Barkley. At this point most people have their party blinders on and will only hear or see what they want, but I vote DNC most of the time, I admit I voted for Reagan and Bush Sr, loved the Clinton years, but I am curious as to why the DNC chose such a controversial candidate. I listened to him, and although he did beat my expectations, I think if were honest with ourselves he isnt "the guy"
Just my opinion...I could be wrong and I am sure most of you think so, but I wanted to voice it. So there it is , I am changing from Franken to Barkley in all my ignorance.
The thought that Franken even has a chance is embarrassing and scary!
Your right that is scary. Obama a Political Science degree and Harvard Law vs. McCain, who was in the bottom 4 of is class at the Naval Acadamy.
And Franken someone who has spoken his mind clearly and honestly for years vs. Coleman, a conservative who was a democrat campaigning for Wellstone not that long ago. I'll take Obama and Frankin anyday.
We thank Al Franken for all the work he has done in the past helping good people get elected. Al has been there for many candidates time and again. Al has also been there for our troops ... entertaining them on USO Tours and getting them needed equipment to help keep them safe. Al's radio program gave us all a voice on the airwaves. His programs delved into issues that needed to be discussed. He educated us and formed his own policies on issues Minnesota faces.... the economy, the war, health care, education, social security. Al Franken has our vote because he will passionately work for the people of Minnesota. Al has a keen mind and a big heart .... a combination that will make a great Senator.
He was hand picked by Cheney, worked as a lobbyist to learn the ropes, brags about Saint Paul when there are more homes over there that are shuttered up, went after the UN dude his first year in office, backed everything our trust fund baby president called for including privatizing Social Security, made sure all those off shore companies get real sweet tax breaks while they haul slaves from Asia to sew our t shirts . . . we need Senators and Congressmen that will work for the people not cheerlead the president, they work for us not their party affliation. Vote out the incumbents every year until they figure it out. When is the last time you got to vote for your own pay raise? Do you have a job that has lifetime benefits? Make them earn it or out they go. Vote out the incumbents!
Norm was hand-picked by Bush and Cheney, and he hitched himself up to the Bush - Cheney bandwagon for years. The fact that he has tried to run away from them over the past year or two won't work. The voters are too smart, Norm. We remember, and we vote. Your time as a Minnesota Senator is just about up. Do us one favor...take your friend, Michelle Bachmann, with you!
Franken didn't give a damn about MN until a vulnerable GOP senator was up for reelection: Simple as that. And what is with Minnesotans' fascination with celebrity anyway? Why don't we vote Sven Sundgaard for president next time? Franken winning will be another embarrassment for our state, just as Gov. Ventura was.
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