Al Franken says he won't be running for president in 2020

The Minnesota senator has been touted recently as a possible Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2020.

Al Franken has emerged as one of the leading Democratic opponents of the Trump administration, but he has put a dampener on talk of him running against the president in 2020.

His performances during confirmation hearings for Trump appointees has seen several media outlets suggest the second term senator for a presidential run.

But in an interview with TCJewfolk, the Minnesota senator put the kibosh on the prospect.

"First of all, I'm not running for president," he said. "I think that normally what senators do is enter the presidential race, they lose very quickly, and run for the senate. That seems to be how it works."

But that's not going to be how it works for Franken, he said during an interview that also touched on the recent uptick in anti-Semitism, the affordable care act and the resurgence of Democratic activism.

Of course, there's a few years to go until the Democratic party selects its presidential candidate so plenty could change between now and then, including Sen. Franken's mind.

The Washington Post spelled out why the Saturday Night Live alumnus could be a presidential prospect in 2020, namely that he has the same "outsider" qualities that helped Donald Trump to the highest office.

National Journal reporter Josh Kraushaar also touted his credentials, writing: "He’s emerged as one of the Demo­crats’ most ag­gress­ive and ef­fect­ive ques­tion­ers of Pres­id­ent Trump’s Cab­in­et nom­in­ees.

"He’s gen­er­ated nu­mer­ous made-for-TV clips as one of the few Demo­crats will­ing to go full-bore against his party’s top tar­gets—Jeff Ses­sions, Tom Price, and Betsy De­Vos."

Politico put Franken in a list of possible Democratic candidates along with prominent senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, as well as his fellow Minnesotan Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

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