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Tom Coburn Defends Nancy Pelosi, Criticizes Fox News

First Posted: 06/06/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

Tom Coburn

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not been getting a lot of praise from Republicans lately, especially after she helped shepherd the passage of health care reform bill.

But in a recent town hall meeting Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) offered some kind words for her, saying "she's a nice lady." Coburn added that although he and the Speaker differ on policy issues, she's a "good person."

Perhaps even more stunning than Coburn's conciliatory words for Pelosi was his criticism of Fox News.

"What we have to have is make sure we have a debate in this country so that you can see what's going on and make a determination yourself," he said, adding: "So don't catch yourself being biased by Fox News that somebody is no good. The people in Washington are good. They just don't know what they don't know."

Coburn made his remarks at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma. They were recorded by radio station KGOU in Norman, Okla.

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