Al Franken says he would be Clinton’s vice president if asked

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Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) would serve as Hillary Clinton’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.

{mosads}”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 Trump, 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 Kaine, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren 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 Sanders (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.

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