Coburn releases video statement about stepping down

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Updated: 1/17 11:49 am Published: 1/16 9:33 pm

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Tom Coburn released the following statement announcing his decision to give up his Senate seat at the end of this Congress:

"Serving as Oklahoma's senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life. But, after much prayer and consideration, I have decided that I will leave my Senate seat at the end of this Congress.

"Carolyn and I have been touched by the encouragement we've received from people across the state regarding my latest battle against cancer. But this decision isn't about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires. My commitment to the people of Oklahoma has always been that I would serve no more than two terms. Our founders saw public service and politics as a calling rather than a career. That's how I saw it when I first ran for office in 1994, and that's how I still see it today. I believe it's important to live under the laws I helped write, and even those I fought hard to block.

"As a citizen legislator, I am first and foremost a citizen who cares deeply about the kind of country we leave our children and grandchildren. As I have traveled across Oklahoma and our nation these past nine years, I have yet to meet a parent or grandparent who wouldn't do anything within their power to secure the future for the next generation. That's why I initially ran for office in 1994 and re-entered politics in 2004. I'm encouraged there are thousands of Americans with real-world experience and good judgment who feel just like I do. As dysfunctional as Washington is these days, change is still possible when 'We the People' get engaged, run for office themselves or make their voices heard. After all, how else could a country doctor from Muskogee with no political experience make it to Washington?

"As a citizen, I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere. In the meantime, I look forward to finishing this year strong. I intend to continue our fight for Oklahoma, and will do everything in my power to force the Senate to re-embrace its heritage of debate, deliberation and consensus as we face our many challenges ahead.

"My God bless you, our state and our country."

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Mayor Maynot - 1/17/2014 12:04 PM
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Soooo he's got cancer and he's dying. So much for his blunt rhetoric about making a career out of politics. Tom ..... Karma bites buddy. Welcome to the pretty part of hell. Reserved seats in wailing limited seats in gnashing of teeth and standing room only in purgatory.

karlschneider - 1/17/2014 11:46 AM
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I've known Tom since he was a college freshman and have always liked him personally but his politics have been 99.9% wrong all this time. I wish him well and hope we can replace him with someone who's up to speed in the 21st century.

Mayor Maynot - 1/17/2014 11:42 AM
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He's eaten up with it. He's bashing a local company that makes wine in McCalllister saying that the company was improper for accepting a $100.000.00 grant from the government to help increase their production. When in actuality the government hedged their own realization of income that is derived on every sale of a bottle of that wine. Soooo she was an above average entrepreneur by allowing the federal government to hitch their wagon to her star. Good he's gone. I don't see any real merit behind his bullying bigmouth actions that warrant him as an accessory in the leadership of our country. He's a flat tire with no spare.

Mayor Maynot - 1/17/2014 11:32 AM
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Sking #8 ^]] Theres a fine veneer covering the slime.

Mayor Maynot - 1/17/2014 11:00 AM
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Wonder what he has looming up behind him??????

sking - 1/16/2014 10:22 PM
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Best I see it, he has greater character than anyone else in Washington.
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