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Franken swarmed by teabaggers, calms them with civil conversation

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When riled up tea baggers swarmed Sen. Al Franken at the Minnesota State Fair, the situation seemed to be a guaranteed disaster. After watching countless interactions from around the country where anti-health care reformers have chanted, screamed, and made absurd accusations toward liberal members of Congress, this didn't look like it would end well.

But leave it to Franken to be the Congressional superhero of the day. As the crowd starts throwing tough questions about health care his way, he is somehow able to use a calm and rational tone to actually explain the reform and why he supports it. And the tea baggers seem to be OK with that.

Maybe other tea baggers around the country can take some debate pointers from these Minnesotans.

Check out the video, shot by Dusty Trice, below.