Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees Sen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats MORE (D-Minn.) would serve as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map 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 TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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 (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 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) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward 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.