MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For most of us, it feels like the U.S. Presidential election just ended. But there is already speculation on which Democrat would be the most successful in challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.
And one person making most of the lists of possible Democratic contenders may surprise you. It’s Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
Whether you are a supporter of President Donald Trump or not, most people agree he is one of the most unconventional candidates to ever run for and win the presidency. Since his surprise victory, Democrats have been trying to figure out who could successfully challenge him in 2020.
And there is growing speculation that Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who rose to fame as a Saturday Night Live star, could be the kind of unconventional candidate that could win. That speculation has increased in the aftermath of Franken’s tough questioning of Trump cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVoss and Jeff Sessions.
There is even a “Draft Franken for President” SuperPac. Senator Franken was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning. Esme Murphy asked the Senator, “Do you have any intention of running for President?”
Franken replied, “No. I love serving the people of Minnesota. That is why I am in the Senate. I am grateful to be representing Minnesotans. I plan to run for the Senate for re-election in 2020.”
Franken is not the only Minnesotan being questioned about and brushing aside talk of a possible White House run. Senator Amy Klobuchar is also showing up on most lists of possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
You can watch WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy and Mike Augustyniak every Sunday at 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.