Oklahoma Congressional delegation sees new political climate

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Modified: November 6, 2008 at 4:25 am •  Published: November 6, 2008
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WASHINGTON — Oklahoma members of Congress said Wednesday they were ready to work with president-elect Barack Obama on the pressing issues confronting the nation, but cautioned they also intend to stick to their conservative principles.

"I’m kind of like a lot of people,” said Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the state’s seven-person delegation. "I’m wondering what kind of president he will be.”

Boren, of Muskogee, said he’s hoping Obama "governs as a centrist” and reaches out to the so-called Blue Dog Democrats, a group of conservative House Democrats of which Boren is a member.

"I’m going to be the most hopeful, optimistic person out there,” Boren said.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, issued a statement lauding Obama’s achievement and said Republicans should accept his offer to "heal the divides that have held back progress.”

Democrats gained seats in the Senate and House, giving Obama even more clout on Capitol Hill.



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