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Senator Famous for Joking About Rape Campaigns for Obama, Biden

Posted by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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Earlier this week, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota joined Vice President Joe Biden for a campaign event in Minnesota. 

"Biden got plenty of support from Minnesota Democrats," PostBulletin.com reports. "Sen. Al Franken praised Obama for pushing the health care law, saying it will help more seniors get help paying for prescriptions and will ensure Medicare's solvency for an additional eight years."

But before Franken was a senator he was a writer on the TV show Saturday Night Live. Then, he famously joked about raping CBS reporter Lesley Stahl.

As New York magazine reported in 1995, from a writing session that the reporter sat in on:

Franken: “And, ‘I give the pills to Lesley Stahl. Then, when Lesley’s passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her.’ Or, ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.’ Or, ‘When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.’”

With the national conversation now turning to women's issues as a result of the bizarre and offensive comments by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over the weekend, it seems a bit odd that Vice President Biden would take the stage with Franken, considering his own lack of sensitivity to the horrors of rape.

Here's a picture of Franken on stage with Biden: 

by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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 as opposed to John McCains RAPE joke?

Didn;t YOU vote for him for POTUS?

Did you take issue with HIS rape joke?

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

 

Everyone loves a good RAPE joke...

One was a Senator when he told it

One was a comedian repeating a WRITTEN joke... 

ExecutiveChick
by Silver Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM
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Uhm, I know you're a little slow but McCain isn't running for President this time.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

 Did YOU vote for him?

is he STILL a Senator?

Is Franken running for POTUS?

Did he write the joke?

Did you protest McCain over the RAPE joke?

Quoting ExecutiveChick:

Uhm, I know you're a little slow but McCain isn't running for President this time.

 

_Kissy_
by on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM
1995, really?
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

 When that joke was told, he was representing SNL

When McCain told his, he was representing his country as a United States Senator and Veteran..

and they voted for HIM to be POTUS...obviously they APPROVE of RAPE jokes

Quoting _Kissy_:

1995, really?

 

Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Which party is trying to redefine rape and outlaw abortions?

bellawomen
by Bronze Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM
Keep grasping for straws. I am prolife and even this post has NOTHING on what the douche bag from whatever state said.
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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

 Rape jokes are gross.

Did Al Franken use these jokes as the basis for legislation?  I think that some aren't understanding that it wasn't the "legitimate rape" comment on its own that inspired the outrage.  It was the 40 bills that were introduced that didn't include rape exceptions that are what has people outraged.

ExecutiveChick
by Silver Member on Aug. 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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LOL, I find it interesting that some of you ladies are suddenly interested in facts and truth finding. Very nice. You may want to try applying that skill more often and evenly.

:)

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