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"It's just a good thing I can't pack a gun on the Senate floor," Coburn said ;and also called his colleagues "a class of career elitists" and "cowards."
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Republican said "Dr. Coburn was obviously joking and would be happy to personally apologize to any of his colleagues who were offended." "That said, his frustration with a Congress that has inflicted severe economic damage on the country is well-known and well-founded. Fortunately, actions speak louder than words. Few have done more to try to bridge the divide in Congress and come up with a solution than Dr. Coburn," spokesman John Hart told CBS News Thursday. Coburn's comment follows the January attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during a constituent event in Tucson.
Coburn also said President Obama received "tremendous advantage" from government programs "as an African-American male." Mr. Obama's "intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him,"
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