GOP Sen. Norm Coleman said Monday that if the Republican convention were not being held in his home state of Minnesota, "I wouldn't be at the convention."

Coleman, who is facing a tough challenge from former comedian Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again MORE (D), told Minnesota Public Radio that he too would join a growing number of Republicans who are staying away from their party's convention in St. Paul if he had to travel.

"I think those who come here will have an extraordinary time. But the colleagues who don't come are staying at home only because they have tough races," Coleman said. "If the convention wasn't in St. Paul, I wouldn't be at the convention."

Eight Republican senators have already said they will stay away from the convention including North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole and indicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Though Coleman will be in attendance, his schedule, and potential speaking slot, is still up in the air.