Franken on 2020 run: ‘I’m not going to do that’

Franken on 2020 run: ‘I’m not going to do that’
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAP 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---' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D-Minn.) pushed back on presidential speculation in a new interview, saying he won't run for the White House in 2020.

“Yeah, I’m not going to do that,” he said in a People magazine interview published Wednesday.

The former "Saturday Night Live" star told People that he remains focused on improving ObamaCare and fighting the GOP’s “just dreadful” bill to repeal and replace it.

Franken added that he hopes special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment to probe possible ties between President Trump’s 2016 bid and Russia will explain the “pretty alarming stuff” there.

Franken’s family told People that the Minnesota lawmaker will not aim for the White House in 2020.

“It’s very flattering, really," Franken’s wife, Franni, said. "It’s kind of an affirmation that Al did exactly what he said he would do, be a work horse and not a show horse.”

Franken’s daughter, Thomasin, echoed those remarks, arguing a 2020 run for her father is “not going to happen.”

“There’s nothing to hedge,” she said. “I understand how people are feeling.”

“I was just at a party with people I hadn’t seen in a long time and they were asking if he was going to run and they were hoping he would. No thanks.”

Franken told USA Today in an interview released Wednesday that there is a “very decent chance” that Trump remains in office by May 30, when Franken's new memoir will be released.

“This book is coming out May 30, so I still think there’s a very decent chance he’ll still be interested,” he said.

“That was kind of a joke, but it’s kidding on the square,” Franken continued, saying that's the kind of joke “that you also mean.”

“There’s a lot here that we need to get to the bottom of, and part of it is his campaign. Did his campaign cooperate with the Russians who are undermining our democracy?"