Tom Coburn Re-Enacts Ripping Up Symbolic Credit Card (VIDEO)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Thursday re-enacted ripping up a symbolic credit card to protest the government’s high spending in an appearance on Fox News. 

“The American people understand that we continue to raise the debt limit  and don’t fix the real problems,” Coburn told “The Real Story” host Gretchen Carlson. “So I think we ought to line up with where the American people are and use the debt limit as a way to attract a coalition to actually fix the problems.”

Carlson brought up Coburn’s previous attempt at cutting up a poster resembling a giant credit card on the Senate floor. Coburn then produced a replica of the giant card, printed with the amount of the national debt and with an expiration date of Oct. 13.

“Should we get another one — or should we rip this one up?” Coburn asked before tearing the poster apart.  

“We are spending money that we do not have on things that we do not need,” he added. 

Carlson quipped that she was glad Coburn was able to successfully rip up the poster the second time around.  

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