Al Franken says he would be Clinton's vice president if asked
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMinnesota New Members 2019 Meet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Gillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run MORE (D-Minn.) would serve as Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Pipeline paralysis: The left’s latest fossil fuel obstruction tactic Mueller could turn easy Trump answers into difficult situation 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.


"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 TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny 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 KaineOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails Overnight Defense: What the midterms mean for defense panels | Pompeo cancels North Korea meeting | Trump eyes Kim summit in early 2019 | Pentagon drops name for border mission Five takeaways from a divisive midterm election MORE, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man Election Countdown: Abrams ends fight in Georgia governor's race | Latest on Florida recount | Booker, Harris head to campaign in Mississippi Senate runoff | Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority Entrepreneur touts big solutions, endorsements in discussing presidential bid 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) SandersDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man My fellow Democrats should watch their language: Economic equality is not a rational societal goal As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural 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.