Minnesota Democrat Al Franken has apparently ruled out running for president in 2020 which is a shame because he’d be very easy to beat. Of course, lots of things could change between now and then.
He made the announcement in an article at People:
Sen. Al Franken Is ‘Flattered’ by Buzz, But Definitely Not Running for President in 2020
Al Franken, his wife and his daughter are unanimous—and firm: The senator from Minnesota and Saturday Night Live alum will not be running for president in 2020.
“Yeah, I’m not going to do that,” says Franken.
“It’s not going to happen,” adds his daughter, Thomasin, 36.
The senator’s wife, Franni, puts it most simply: “No.”
In at-home interviews for this week’s issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands Friday), the Franken family was unusually definitive in shutting down this spring’s buzz about Al, 66 and a former writer and performer on Saturday Night Live, being a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
“It’s very flattering, really,” says Franni, 65. “It’s kind of an affirmation that Al did exactly what he said he would do, be a work horse and not a show horse.”
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air adds this:
More seriously, Franken won’t expand the map for Democrats even if he did make it to the nomination. His appeal is strictly in the same urban cores and college campuses where Hillary Clinton dominated, but Franken won’t play well anywhere else.
That’s the truth. Spot on!