Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenDems press ITT Tech to give students right to sue Consumer internet privacy: Leaving the back door unlocked Senators unveil bill to overhaul apprenticeship programs MORE (D-Minn.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he is "sure" there will be challengers to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination Clinton emails dominate Sunday shows Superdelegate sees sexism in criticism of Clinton MORE in the Democratic presidential primary.
Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if Democrats need a spirited primary, Franken said of Clinton, "I very much doubt that she’ll be the only one. I’m sure someone will jump in."
"I don’t know how you make someone else viable, they have to make themselves viable, but I’m sure that there will be a number of other people in the race," Franken added.
Clinton is by far the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Other names that have surfaced for a run are Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton emails dominate Sunday shows Sanders supporters up in arms over Puerto Rico polling locations Latinos key in Democratic battle for California delegates MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders: Clinton with a moderate VP would be a 'disaster' Verizon, striking unions reach agreement in principle What Bernie needs to do right now MORE (D-Mass.), though Warren denies she will run. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is also a possibility.
Franken reflected on the lesson of the midterms by saying Democrats need to fight for the middle class while also working across party lines.
After his razor-thin 2008 victory, the former "Saturday Night Live" star said, "There were, I think, a lot of Minnesotans who didn’t quite know what to expect, but what they saw is I worked every day in what I saw as the interests of Minnesotans, and I worked across party lines to find common ground."
"While I found common ground, I stood my ground when the powerful would come after the middle class or those aspiring to be in the middle," Franken said.
Franken, a leading proponent of net neutrality rules for the Internet, also hit back against Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzMeet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Party chairs see reversal of fortune McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ MORE (R-Texas), who called net neutrality "ObamaCare for the Internet."
"He has it completely wrong and just doesn't understand what this issue is," Franken said.