Franken endorses Clinton for president
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMinnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Former campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Prosecutor drops some charges against Harvey Weinstein MORE (D-Minn.) is endorsing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE for president, adding the support of a populist lawmaker, as Clinton faces speculation about a run by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHatch mocks Warren over DNA test with his own results showing '1/1032 T-Rex' Warren DNA test reinvigorates fight with Trump On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race MORE (D-Mass.).


"I think that Hillary would make a great president," Franken said in an interview with MSNBC’s “The Cycle.” "I think, I certainly feel I haven't announced that I'm supporting her, but does this count? I guess, maybe this counts."

Franken did make mention of Warren as well, though.

"I think that I'm ready for Hillary," he said. "I mean, I think that we've not had someone this experienced, this tough, and she's very, very impressive. People have asked me about Elizabeth Warren. She is great, but she's not running. She says she's not running. So I don't — I think Hillary would be great."

Franken joins a range of other Democratic lawmakers in lining up behind Clinton. A survey by The Hill as early as January found that 60 Democratic members of Congress were already ready to endorse Clinton if she runs. 

The Minnesota senator is known for being a progressive. For example, he ran an ad in his reelection campaign this year using some language about Wall Street that is not far from Warren's.

Speaking of tax breaks for hedge fund managers, Franken said in the ad, "I’m working to get rid of these special breaks. The Wall Street hedge fund guys may not like that, but I don’t work for them."