Franken would be ‘tremendous’ VP, says Dem
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken to launch 15-stop comedy tour Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' MORE would be a “tremendous” vice presidential pick, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday.

“Al Franken is a brilliant man, he’s very smart, he has excellent progressive credentials and he’s the funniest person in Congress,” Ellison said of the former “Saturday Night Live” player.

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“Why does that matter? I think it’s important to lampoon Donald TrumpDonald Trump Pence said he's 'proud' Congress certified Biden's win on Jan. 6 Americans put the most trust in their doctor for COVID-19 information: poll OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Biden administration to evacuate Afghans who helped US l Serious differences remain between US and Iran on nuclear talks l US, Turkish officials meet to discuss security plans for Afghan airport MORE, make him what he is — ridiculous. Who better to do that than someone who is an expert funnyman.”

Ellison said Virginia Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats hit wall on voting rights push Communion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' MORE, who is seen as a favorite to be Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCommunion vote puts spotlight on Hispanic Catholics Trump's biggest political obstacle is Trump The Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them MORE’s running mate, is a “wonderful public servant.”

But to electrify the base, Ellision said, “you have to get somebody who has been speaking to the base and would turn the base out.”

Ellison endorsed Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden announces bipartisan infrastructure deal | DOJ backs Trump-era approval of Line 3 permit | Biden hits China on solar panels Biden says he won't sign bipartisan bill without reconciliation bill Business groups applaud bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE for president in the Democratic primary.

He said he would hold off on flipping his support to Clinton until Sanders formally leaves the race.