Ted Cruz is using Al Franken's insults to raise money

The Texas senator responded to Al Franken's "I hate Ted Cruz" comment.

Much of the talk about Al Franken's upcoming book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, has centered on the Minnesota senator's comments about Ted Cruz.

"I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz," is among the Franken quotes released ahead of the book's May 30 release.

More excerpts from Franken's book surfaced Wednesday, revealing Franken stepped in to defend his fellow Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar when Cruz apparently tried to soften a joke she was going to make at his expense:

And this week Franken revealed that an entire chapter, called Sophistry, is all about the Texas senator.

Cruz responds

On Thursday, Cruz responded to Klobuchar's comments, describing Franken as "obnoxious" in a brief interview with Politico.

"Al is trying to sell books and apparently he's decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books," Cruz said. "I wish him all the best."

Reports in Texas are suggesting that Cruz has actually started fundraising off of Franken's comments, according to Austin American-Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove. Cruz's team apparently is saying: "When Al Franken says 'I hate Ted Cruz, what he really means is he hates the conservative principles."

"Franken can't stand the fact that Ted won't back down from the promises he made to the people of TX," Cruz's people add.

Franken says he gets along with other Republicans

Salon spoke with Franken, who made it clear there are plenty of Republican senators with whom he gets along, including the now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Although he is in "strong disagreement" with Sessions' policies, Franken describes him as "an easy laugh" and notes their wives have become friends.

"He would every once in a while give me a call if the Republicans were mad at me," he said.

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