Franken is out, but maybe not for long

Published February 10, 2005 7:56PM (EST)

Al Franken isn't running for the Senate -- at least not yet.

His voice cracking with emotion as he read words from Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone, Franken said a few minutes ago that he made a commitment to "do two more years on Air America Radio." "I believe that part of my values is honoring your commitments," Franken said.

That doesn't mean that he's done thinking about elected office. He won't seek the seat being vacated by Minnesota Democrat Mark Dayton, who announced Wednesday that he will not run for a second term in 2006. But Franken said that he has given thought to running against Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, and he certainly held open the possibility today. Noting that he grew up in Minnesota but doesn't live there now, Franken said: "If I go in 2008, you're going to see me moving back there, and you're going to see me moving the show back there."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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