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Coburn endorses Jackson at town hall meeting in Durant

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Published: Feb. 16, 2018 at 10:47 PM CST
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Former US senator Doctor Tom Coburn was in Durant on Friday, campaigning for US Congressional Candidate Jarrin Jackson at a town hall meeting at the public library.

Coburn retired early from his seat in 2015.

Jackson joins John McCarthy, David Smith and Brian Jackson, vying to replace incumbent Markwayne Mullin.

Coburn told us he called it quits because he no longer thought things in Washington could be fixed, not due to health problems like some media outlets reported.

But he hasn't totally given up on his mission for change.

“We need to elect people that are going to keep their word,” Coburn said.

When asked about his recent partnership with Oklahoma conservatives, Coburn said there’s a lot of ways to help Oklahoma.

The group, made up of Rep. Kevin Calvey, Rep. Scott McEachin, Rep. Bobby Cleveland, Rep. Kevin West, Rep. John Bennett, Rep. George Faught, Rep. Tom Gann, Rep. Rick West, Rep. Jeff Coody, and Rep. Mike Ritze, announced on Friday they were working on a state budget proposal to audit agencies and schools while raising teacher pay.

“I have been helping out in the background and I will continue to do that,” Coburn said. “There’s never been a transparent look at all the agencies by the legislature. So before we raise taxes, we better look at what we’re spending.”

We reached out to Mullin for comment on Friday's event but have not heard back.

The filing period for the US house race is in April.

The primary election is set for June 26.