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Tom coburn’s gone ... liberal?

Gazette staff October 9th, 2013

Honest, straightforward comments about Obamacare have pushed U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Muskogee) out of the conservative circle, according to some. Coburn is finishing nine years in the Senate and has received high conservative ratings each year — at least until now.

“I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectations of this process,” he said recently. “It’s a disappointment that we have put a short term goal with lousy tactics ahead lousy tactics ahead of being honest with the American people.”

In comments last month, Coburn said he supported the filibuster message by Senate colleague Ted Cruz (R-Texas) but opposed his tactics because they misled voters to believe the GOP could eliminate the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Speaking to Morning Joe anchors on Sept. 25, Coburn said, “The problem with politics is if you create expectations you can’t fulfill, that leads to disappointment. ... To create the impression that we can defund Obamacare when the only thing we control — and barely — is the U.S. House of Representatives, is not intellectually honest.”

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