Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked
© Getty Images

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenDemocrats turn on Al Franken Schumer called, met with Franken and told him to resign Overnight Finance: Trump says shutdown 'could happen' | Ryan, conservatives inch closer to spending deal | Senate approves motion to go to tax conference | Ryan promises 'entitlement reform' in 2018 MORE (D-Minn.) would serve as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE's running mate if asked, he told The Associated Press. 

Franken, a comedian and longtime backer of Clinton, has surfaced as a dark horse contender for the vice president spot, though he insists that, to his knowledge, he isn't being vetted for the job.

"If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, 'Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,' I would say yes, but I'm very happy in the job that I have right now," Franken said. 

Fellow Democrats have suggested Franken for the party's presidential ticket.

"Al Franken is a brilliant man. He's very smart. He has excellent progressive credentials, and he's the funniest person in Congress," fellow Minnesota Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison said earlier this month. 

"Why does that matter? I think it's important to lampoon Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE, make him what he is: ridiculous. Who better to do that than someone who is an expert funnyman." 

Other rumored contenders for the job are Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy Michael KaineDemocrats turn on Al Franken Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Senate panel moves forward with bill to roll back Dodd-Frank MORE, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Tech: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court fight | Warren backs bid to block AT&T, Time Warner merger | NC county refuses to pay ransom to hackers Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE and Housing Secretary Julián Castro. 

The Clinton campaign has begun vetting all three, according to The Washington Post, but is still expected to consider other candidates.

A Monmouth survey released this week found Clinton would get the biggest boost from picking her rival during the primary campaign, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.), as her running mate. Thirty-nine percent of voters said that choice would make them more likely to vote for her.

Clinton is reportedly not considering Sanders for vice president, however.

Franken fared poorly as a vice presidential choice in the Monmouth poll, with only 12 percent saying his selection would make them more likely to support Democrats and 21 percent saying less likely.