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John McCain makes nice with Al Franken after his timekeeping cut off Joe Lieberman

A bit too theatrical, perhaps?

A bit too theatrical, perhaps?

Well, isn't this nice? Sen. John McCain tells The Hill that he bears no ill will toward Sen. Al Franken for cutting off his friend, Sen. Joe Lieberman, during some speechifying on health care legislation last December.

That sure wan't the case at the time.

"I've been around here twenty-some years, first time I've seen a member denied a minute or two to finish his remarks," McCain said back then. "And I must say that I don't know what's happening here in this body, but I think it's wrong."

More from The Hill:

At a subsequent press conference, McCain expressed disgust with Franken, saying Lieberman's request was "objected to by the newest member of the United States Senate in a most brusque way ... We've got to stop this kind of behavior. I have never seen anything like that and I hope that I don't see it again."

On Tuesday, McCain said he approached Franken after the incident and learned that Franken was simply following orders from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to keep speakers to a 10-minute maximum. Reid's office confirmed the order.

"It wasn't Sen. Franken that was doing that. He told me he had been instructed not to allow any additional time ... He was told to do it. So it was never anything between me and Sen. Franken."

The episode had local Republicans up in arms.

"@alfranken needs to be reminded that he isn't a shock jock anymore or a writer for SNL; What an embarrassment to Minnesota," inveighed state GOP deputy chair Michael Brodkorb on Twitter.

"Franken again spat in the face of Senate comity," wrote GOP blogger Luke Hellier at Minnesota Democrats Exposed.

Here's video of what happened on the Senate floor: