Franken would be ‘tremendous’ VP, says Dem
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE would be a “tremendous” vice presidential pick, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday.

“Al Franken is a brilliant man, he’s very smart, he has excellent progressive credentials and he’s the funniest person in Congress,” Ellison said of the former “Saturday Night Live” player.

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“Why does that matter? I think it’s important to lampoon Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE, make him what he is — ridiculous. Who better to do that than someone who is an expert funnyman.”

Ellison said Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineAudience bursts out laughing after GOP Senate candidate says Trump is ‘standing up’ to Russia Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE, who is seen as a favorite to be Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Former Obama aide to Comey: 'No one is asking for your advice' Comey to Dems: 'Don't lose your minds and rush to the socialist left' MORE’s running mate, is a “wonderful public servant.”

But to electrify the base, Ellision said, “you have to get somebody who has been speaking to the base and would turn the base out.”

Ellison endorsed Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Sanders advises Ocasio-Cortez: Keep doing what you've been doing Bernie Sanders mocks Trump: ‘He could change his mind tomorrow’ MORE for president in the Democratic primary.

He said he would hold off on flipping his support to Clinton until Sanders formally leaves the race.