Coburn is NOT advocating making tobacco illegal
Congress
Monday, 08 June 2009 21:41

Just as I suspected:

Statement from U.S. Senator Tom Coburn:

“Various news reports took statements I recently made on the floor out of context and suggested that I wanted to ban tobacco products.  That is not my goal or intent.  I was arguing that the bill now being debated by the Senate to place tobacco products under the regulation of the Food and Drug Administration, an agency charged with ensuring the safety of food and medicine, is a clever attempt to stop tobacco use altogether either through government regulation or trial attorney lawsuits.  I was suggesting that those who oppose tobacco should simply have the courage to propose a total ban, which is their ultimate goal.”

“We already have several government agencies that are focused on regulating tobacco products and educating the public about the dangers of tobacco use.  As a physician, I agree that it is in the best interest of public health that tobacco use be discouraged, prevented, and treated, but I do not believe that new regulations or taxes imposed by the federal government are the answer. I also do not believe that tobacco use by adults should be banned.”

 

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0 # 2009-06-09 14:50
Interesting. The only thing I got back from Coburn\'s office, from an email address that doesn\'t accept incoming mail, was, and I quote, \"PK\". No idea what it\'s supposed to mean.

So Coburn says one thing when he means/believes another. Sounds to me like he\'s learned to play the game with the best of them, on a level worthy of the best(?) \"insider\".
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0 # 2009-06-09 15:26
I am a smoker. I have smoked cigarettes for 54 years and have zero health problems.

No doubt tobacco is harmful to some but so is peanut butter.
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0 # 2009-06-14 00:28
Didn\'t Coburn publicly state that he would only serve, \"at most\" I believe were his words, one term in the Senate?

Oh well, he lied about upholding and defending the Constitution, so why should we expect any different now?
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0 # 2009-06-15 15:16
False! Completely untrue! Coburn said time and time again that he would run for NO MORE THAN two terms!
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0 # 2009-06-15 18:26
OK, it appears you\'re right. Even the liberals at the Tulsa World agreed. BUT, he did promise to uphold and defend the Constitution, and he did shatter that into a million pieces when he voted for the bailout, S-CHIP, Patriot Act extension, etc. I\'ll give him this -- he\'s conservative when it\'s convenient to be.
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