Tom Coburn Responds To Reports Of Possible Presidential Bid

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 4:38 pm

By: Karl Torp

The unpredictability in the race for Republican nomination has many speculating on who would win out in brokered convention.

One article pointed to former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn as the possible nominee.

Coburn officially retired in January, but he’s still doing his part to keep government accountable.

“We are losing our liberties every day,” Coburn told News 9 at  a Conference of States luncheon in Oklahoma City.

The group pushes for a limited federal government.

Through the non-profit Restore Accountability, Coburn teaches millennials how they can find spotlight government waste.

The 68-year-old's reputation for exposing government spending and having friends on both side of the political aisle has catapulted Coburn into Republican nominee speculation.

On a CBS News list of possible nominees, if not Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, Coburn is third behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“It just shows you how far off the news media is,” Coburn said.

Instead, the 10 year Senator feels no outsider will beat out either of two Republican frontrunners and gives the edge to the U.S. senator from Texas in a brokered convention.

He also said he was misquoted by the New York Times which said he'd run if it kept Trump from the nomination.

His message to Trump is stop whining and start winning enough.

“If you don’t get to 1,232 or 1,237, you didn’t win. So you can’t cry sour grapes. That’s the rule,” Coburn said about Trump assertion that primary voters would be disenfranchised if he goes to the convention in the lead but loses the nomination.


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