ARDMORE, OK - U.S. Senator Tom Coburn announced in May that he would run for reelection this year, and while many Carter County residents came to show their support at Tuesday's town hall meeting in Ardmore, they also came to ask questions and get answers on many of hot topic issues currently facing the nation.
Over 50 residents turned out for Tuesday's town hall meeting to not only listen to Senator Coburn, but also to voice their concerns.
"I think that's one of our biggest problems, that the federal government is spending way too much money that we don't have, and of course we're all concerned about the Obama care that is coming up, and it seems to be that there is nothing we can do about it right now," said Ardmore resident Diann Jordan.
Senator Coburn spent most of the meeting answering questions about several hot button issues, from the recent controversy over Arizona's immigration law to how the health care reform bill would impact Oklahomans.
"We talked on immigration and the health care bill, the financial reform bill, the worries about the future, the concern, so it's pretty consistent across Oklahoma. I'm hearing the same thing," Sen. Coburn said.
And while many were there in support of the Senator, Coburn says the town hall meeting also gave his critics a chance to speak out.
"Most of the time I don't get it when the crowd is really with you. A lot of people won't ask questions, you get it later. People will come up after the meeting or email you and say 'I was at your town hall meeting and this is where I disagree with you' so you get to have all sorts of input." Coburn says.
Senator Coburn says he plans to visit several other cities in Oklahoma before returning to Washington and believes the meetings help remind him what's important to the people he represents.
"It keeps me connected to the people that I represent. We talked about the issue of arrogance and elitism in Washington, and that's why I come home every weekend because I'm an Oklahoman. Not a senator, an Oklahoman."
Senator Coburn says due to a self imposed term limit if he is reelected this year, he will not seek reelection in 2016.