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Sens. Jon Kyl and Debbie Stabenow go back and forth over Kyl's mother


Gabriel Winant
September 25, 2009 10:15PM (UTC)

You know a political argument is getting good when senators start dropping "your mom" jokes. That's what seemed to happen today during a brief exchange on healthcare between Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. Said Stabenow, "And I don't think you can go forward and allow 60 percent of the insurance companies not to provide basic maternity care."  Then Kyl took the floor, and said, "Well, first of all, I don't need maternity care. So requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don't need, and will make the policy more expensive."

At that point, Stabenow cuts back in and says, "If I could just object once with my colleague, I think your mom probably did."

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Even though Stabenow is actually making a substantive point, and not really a joke about his mother,  faint "ooooh"-ing can be heard in the background. Kyl shoots back weakly, "Over 60 years ago my mom did."

See the video below. (Hat tip to Dana Goldstein at TAPPED.) 

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Gabriel Winant

Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.

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