Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report — GOP seeks to hold Trump’s gains in Midwest states Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries Tina Smith defeats former Bush ethics lawyer in Minnesota Dem primary MORE (D-Minn.) would serve as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report Fox News host hits Giuliani: Dossier isn't why Mueller probe was started 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.

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"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 TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights 'is now or never' Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue US steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report 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 KaineElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket Kaine: Trump has made 'concerted effort' to divide people based on race MORE, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Turkey slaps more tariffs on US goods | Businesses fear blowback from Russia sanctions bill | Senate turns to toughest 'minibus' yet Warren introduces Accountable Capitalism Act Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 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) SandersSanders to campaign for Florida Dem governor candidate Lewandowski says Bloomberg would be 'very competitive' against Trump in 2020 One Vermont Republican wins statewide nomination in six races 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.