Rep. Chris Van Hollen, of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, was actually trying to praise Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, when he mentioned him in his speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, but Oklahoma delegates booed anyway.
Here is what Van Hollen said:
“So when President Obama took office, the Republicans handed him the bill: projected deficits of trillions of dollars. Congressman Ryan, America is literally in your debt. So President Obama got to work. He established a bipartisan commission to get smart folks from both parties together to develop a plan to reduce the deficit and grow jobs. Guess what? It worked. They produced a balanced, bipartisan plan that would cut $4 trillion from the deficit. Lots of Republicans supported it, including Senator Coburn from Oklahoma. And Paul Ryan. He was on the commission. He voted against the plan.”