Could Al Franken help Clinton's debate prep by pretending to be Trump?


Hillary Clinton is looking for someone to play the role of Donald Trump as she prepares for the live TV debates – and Sen. Al Franken is among those being mooted.

The U.S. Senator for Minnesota keeps being mentioned in media circles as being a Democrat with the skills varied enough to pull off a character as audacious as the Republican presidential candidate.

Politico reported on Tuesday that Clinton's team are preparing for a wide-range of debate attacks from the unpredictable Trump, even including the possibility that he brings up her husband's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the death of former Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster.

The website cites Saturday Night Live alumnus Franken as a possible choice, noting he's a "longtime Clinton ally with an actor's rearing," and could fit the bill of a debate opponent that Democratic strategist Bob Shrum said needs to be "naturally, smart, glib and utterly irreverent."

Franken has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Series, according to this bio.

Here's an old example of Al Franken's flair for impressions, sending up Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.

Franken is a popular act at MinnPost's annual song-and-skit variety show in Minneapolis known as MinnRoast. Here's a clip of him poking fun at other politicians during this year's show:

The New York Magazine says that Franken "certainly has the showiness to pull this off," though suggested earlier this year that he might be TOO qualified for the role.

"She might not want a stand-in whose satirical timing is too good," the site says, "since the whole point of the exercise is to take your upcoming opponent seriously."

The Mail Online reports that other names being considered ahead of the first live debate on Sept. 26 include billionaire investor Mark Cuban, who has expressed interest in playing the role.

That said, he did tell the New York Daily News he thinks "it would be hard to truly play Trump because he is so removed from reality these days."

Franken skewered Trump during his speech at the DNC Convention last month, with UPI reporting he said: "I got my doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University. Sure, I had to empty out my 401(k) and take out a reverse mortgage on my house to pay the tuition, but Mr. Trump, or rather some people who said they once met him, convinced me it was worth it."

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