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Oklahoma senator’s ‘present’ votes on judicial nomination follow political trend

Analysis: U.S. Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both of Oklahoma, stood with Republican party leadership when put on the spot by Senate’s Democratic leadership to support their judicial nominee.

BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: August 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — Nearly two weeks ago, on C-SPAN, Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Coburn, R-Muskogee, accused Reid of avoiding tough votes and said the leader “is keeping senators from having to be who they should be — men and women who are willing to stand up and take a position and defend it.”

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