Franken endorses Clinton for president
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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 (D-Minn.) is endorsing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE for president, adding the support of a populist lawmaker, as Clinton faces speculation about a run by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy MORE (D-Mass.).

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"I think that Hillary would make a great president," Franken said in an interview with MSNBC’s “The Cycle.” "I think, I certainly feel I haven't announced that I'm supporting her, but does this count? I guess, maybe this counts."

Franken did make mention of Warren as well, though.

"I think that I'm ready for Hillary," he said. "I mean, I think that we've not had someone this experienced, this tough, and she's very, very impressive. People have asked me about Elizabeth Warren. She is great, but she's not running. She says she's not running. So I don't — I think Hillary would be great."

Franken joins a range of other Democratic lawmakers in lining up behind Clinton. A survey by The Hill as early as January found that 60 Democratic members of Congress were already ready to endorse Clinton if she runs. 

The Minnesota senator is known for being a progressive. For example, he ran an ad in his reelection campaign this year using some language about Wall Street that is not far from Warren's.

Speaking of tax breaks for hedge fund managers, Franken said in the ad, "I’m working to get rid of these special breaks. The Wall Street hedge fund guys may not like that, but I don’t work for them."