Al Franken had a high-profile and private meeting with Vice President Biden Wednesday to discuss the ongoing election contest and upcoming Minnesota Supreme Court appeal brought on by Norm Coleman. The two, along with Franken's wife Franni, also discussed issues currently in the Congress as Franken continues to prep for the big time if he should end up winning the open Minnesota seat.
The White House has been remarkably quiet on the Minnesota race until now. During the meeting, Biden made it clear: They want Franken in Congress.
Franken and Biden released statements after the meeting. Check them out below.
I deeply appreciate the administration's ongoing support and the opportunity to meet with Vice President Biden today. Minnesotans are eager to see Congress make progress on the administration's agenda - and I'm eager to do my part in that effort. From investments in alternative energy to the expansion of high-speed rail to the Twin Cities, we have a lot to do to help Minnesota's working families, and I was pleased to discuss these important issues with the Vice President.Biden:
The election process and recount in Minnesota have lived up to the state's reputation for organization, transparency and bipartisanship. The officials have been meticulous and every ruling has been unanimous.That wasn't Franken's only excitement while in Washington. After having dinner at Bobby Vans near the White House, Franken was heckled by another patron at the bar. Politico has their interaction here.
While Senator Amy Klobuchar is one of the hardest working members of the United States Senate, Minnesotans deserve their full representation.
Once the Minnesota Supreme Court has issued its final ruling in this case, the President and I look forward to working with Mr. Franken on building an economy for the 21st century.