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December 23, 2008

Coleman speaks!

For the first time since the Minnesota Senate recount began, Sen. Norm Coleman briefly talked to a Minneapolis TV station about the recount, where he finds himself trailing Al Franken for the first time.

“I feel fairly confident. In the end, the good Lord’s going to decide,” Coleman told the local Fox affiliate. “The numbers look good to us. Certainly there’s uncertainty. I’m not worried about it. I’ve done everything I can do. I’m not really agonizing about the outcome.”

Coleman went on: “Life goes on, regardless of what your job is. I certainly love what I do. If I can keep doing it, I’ll be thrilled, and if not, I’m sure we’ll do something else.”

Coleman made the comments at a Hanukkah celebration in St. Paul last night (make sure to watch the end of the video to see Coleman dance the hora).

Coleman was much more confident about his chances the day after the election when he declared himself the winner. Both Franken and Coleman have largely remained out of the public eye since the recount began.

According to the latest count from Minnesota's secretary of state, Franken leads Coleman by 48 votes.  There are still approximately 1,600 absentee ballots left to count.  And the Coleman campaign alleges that about 150 ballots were double-counted for Franken, and has filed litigation with the state Supreme Court seeking a remedy.