With election day nearing, a bit of political insight and humor was shared at a Shawnee business luncheon Thursday, where Flashpoint TV commentators Kirk Humphreys and Mike Turpen took center stage.


With election day nearing, a bit of political insight and humor was shared at a Shawnee business luncheon Thursday, where Flashpoint TV commentators Kirk Humphreys and Mike Turpen took center stage.
The event was hosted by First National Bank and Trust Co., which recently celebrated 24 years of service, said FNB president Larry Briggs.
Held at Oklahoma Baptist University, the luncheon featured the political wit, party insights and humorous bantering of Humphreys and Turpen.
Humphreys, former Oklahoma City Mayor and a Republican, and Turpen, an attorney and former State Democratic Party Chairman, provided plenty of laughs and insightful views about the upcoming election, while taking jabs at each other’s political views, including their thoughts on the Presidential race.

 

 


As they made the trip to Shawnee, with Turpen driving, Humphreys said he kept telling Turpen to “get that Obama sticker off his car.”
But Humphreys also said, “If Barack Obama wins, it’s not going to be the end of the world.” While Oklahoma is the No. 2 state in nation in its support for McCain, Humphreys said McCain could win the race, but it’s unlikely.
“I wouldn’t bet what’s left of your IRA,” Humphreys said in the friendly exchange.
Turpen, who said he was a Hillary Clinton supporter, said if McCain does win, it will be four years of “John McBush,” in the White House.
The satire brought more laughs, which continued with Turpen comparing this Presidential election to football. He thought McCain would pick Mitt Romney for a running mate; he said Sarah Palin was McCain’s “Hail Sarah.”
“It might be a game-changer,” Turpen said. “She has put tabasco in the race.”
But Turpen said voters, especially younger voters, see Obama as a “movement” and as a candidate of the future.
Before getting into politics, they talked briefly about their careers and families.
Humphreys told stories about previous visits to the OBU campus, where he met his wife of 36 years, Danna. They have three children and five grandchildren. Turpen and his wife, Susan, have three children.
At the end of their presentation, they encouraged everyone to vote Tuesday.
“Politics is not a specator sport —you have to get involved,” Turpen said.
In his closing remarks, Briggs encouraged everyone, “Not to forget to exercise their right and privilege to vote.”
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Humphreys and Turpen discuss and debate politics on Flashpoint, which airs at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday on NBC.

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Kim Morava may be reached at 214-3962.