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Tom Coburn's plea for civility

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)'s much-discussed friendship with Barack Obama is, all of a sudden, a little harder to attribute to the closeness of their desks in the Senate. Matt Laslo reports on a town hall meeting Coburn held in Oklahoma:

While discussing his policy disagreements with Pelosi Coburn said “she’s a nice lady,” which brought hisses and hoots from the crowd. But Coburn flatly rejected the crowd's animosity towards the liberal Speaker.

“Come on now. She is nice – how many of you all have met her? She’s a nice person,” Coburn said as he went on to lecture the crowd about civility.

Coburn also cautioned his crowd not to "catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good." He's not the first Republican to go there.

Way back in August, at the start of the "town hells," Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) told an angry crowd to "turn that television off" when Glenn Beck's show came on.

By David Weigel  |  April 6, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Fringe , Senate  
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