Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) returned to the national media stage on Thursday evening in a rare interview with CNN.
On “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” he weighed in on Comcast’s proposed $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, expressing concern that it could be detrimental to consumers. Franken returned to CNN’s “New Day” program on Friday to make the same argument.
With Tapper, he wasn’t too thrilled that the interview was shot on CNN’s roof during the snowstorm.
“Whose idea was this?” Franken asked as the interview ended.
Several people on Twitter reacted to Franken’s CNN appearance on Thursday by noting it was a rare occurrence.
@jaketapper excellent. Always impressed by the rare Al Franken booking.— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) February 13, 2014
Franken is one of a few lawmakers on Capitol Hill who evades reporters. The others include Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and David Vitter (R-La.).
Journalists have tweeted about Franken’s previous rare appearances.
In early September, he spoke to reporters after a briefing on Syria.
Sen. Al Franken does rare gaggle with the press after Syria briefing as aide tries to refer us to press office— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) September 6, 2013
In May, he appeared on MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.”
That same day, he appeared on CNN to discuss Wall Street reforms he proposed.
Al Franken on CNN! Rare national TV appearance (to talk about Wall St reforms he proposed)— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) May 13, 2013
It’s unclear why Franken and some of his colleagues avoid the press. Franken was sworn into the Senate in 2009, after winning a tight race that involved a recount of votes. Franken is well-known for his roles on “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and performer.