Franken dodges on backing 'terrific' Klobuchar for 2020 bid

Franken dodges on backing 'terrific' Klobuchar for 2020 bid

 

Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.) on Wednesday avoided directly answering whether he would support fellow Minnesota Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Fox News anchor apologizes for saying Booker dropped out of 2020 race Klobuchar unveils plan to secure elections as president MORE (D) in a potential 2020 presidential run, but offered her effusive praise.  

“I think we are going to have a big field. She’d be great. She’d be terrific," Franken said of Klobuchar during a town hall discussion with Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill, and Julie Mason, host of “The Press Pool” on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel.

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Franken then noted he's frequently been asked whether he will run for president.

“You know, that is just not a job I want,” he said, adding that he’s focused on spotlight issues like healthcare.

He has repeatedly denied interest in running for the top office.

Franken added that while Democrats have had issues improving their messaging, he believes the party fights for Americans who "are on the margins."

"I believe Democrats do fight for people who are on the margins and I believe there are some people Trump appealed to who don’t like people who are on the margins. We have a vision for an economy that works for all Americans," Franken said.

Klobuchar attended a fundraiser in Iowa earlier this month, prompting speculation that she could be considering a 2020 presidential run.

Klobuchar as well as Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony Johnson: Whistleblower 'exposed things that didn't need to be exposed' Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony MORE (D-Conn.) are names commonly mentioned as possible 2020 contenders.