Al Franken takes commanding early lead

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Franken scored above 50 percent against every potential challenger.
The election is still 18 months away, but Al Franken already holds a commanding lead over all potential challengers, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

If the election were to take place tomorrow, Franken would jaunt to an easy victory, according to these poll results. Partly because he's exceptionally popular (51 percent approval rate vs. 42 percent disapproval). Partly because everyone in a position to run against him so far is exceptionally unpopular. Franken also has a pretty powerful war chest built up so far, which doesn't hurt either.

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Here's a breakdown of how Franken would fare against potential challengers:

Franken vs. Michele Bachmann
Al Franken: 55%
Michele Bachmann: 38%
Not sure: 7%

Franken vs. Jason Lewis
Al FrankenL 54%
Jason Lewis: 37%
Not sure: 9%

Franken vs. Mike McFadden
Al Franken: 51%
Mike McFadden: 36%
Not sure: 13%

Franken vs. Julianne Ortman
Al Franken: 52%
Julianne Ortman: 35%
Not sure: 14%

Franken vs. Julie Rosen
Al Franken: 52%
Julie Rosen: 36%
Not sure: 12%

Franken vs. Rich Stanek
Al Franken: 51%
Rich Stanek: 36%
Not sure: 13%

There's still plenty of time for a new challenger to shake up the race, but it looks like it's Franken's to lose with this crop. He's at least in a considerably better position than in 2008, when he scraped by Norm Coleman by a razor-thin margin after an eight-month recount.


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CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

18 months away, and you and the strib are already putting up "how great is Al" pieces. Please tell us what he's done that wasn't lock step controlled by Reid or Obama.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Jason Lewis will never run because he is a fat con man loser.  Jason will never run because Jason only cares about making money.   He doesn't care about making the country a better place or helping people, he only cares about himself.  He knows tricking the very stupid is a way to make a comfortable living.  Hard to pretend you have all the answers after Al Franken beats you senseless in the debates and election on tv.  Jason Lewis will stick to saying stupid hateful things on the radio for a nice paycheck.  That fat fraud would rather just talk about how he could have beat Al Franken instead of actually do anything to help conservatives. 

Seriphe Pete
Seriphe Pete

Al Franken is a PUTZ...as a constituent, I once tried to say hello to him when I ran into him at Venice Beach, CA and he was NOT very nice. Sure he could have been having a bad day but I assessed his state prior to approaching him and I can say in my expertise of reading people that was not the case at that moment...he was just like "whatever". As a politician he should have been overjoyed to have a home state voters show of support (even If am no one to him)...he was not. I worked in Hollywood for 8 years and consequently met hundreds of "celebs". "ACT" like I am your best fvcking friend if you want my fake vote...douche! Rant finished :~)

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Always happy to prove how stupid and poorly informed you are.  


Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005.

Her allegations are not pretty -- she claims she was given a drink, after which she remembers nothing. In legal filings and Congressional testimony, Slate noted, she said she woke up to find "her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants ruptured and her pectoral muscles torn‚ which would later require reconstructive surgery." Parts of the rape kit handed over to KBR by the Army hospital have disappeared and she said that, after visiting the Army hospital, she was placed in a shipping container under armed guard for 24 hours.

Jones employment contract with Halliburton (now known as KBR) contained an arbitration clause that required "any and all personal injury claims" to be heard by an arbitrator. Jones eventually refused to arbitrate, wanting her lawsuit to be heard in court.

The Fifth Circuit eventually held that some of Jones's claims did indeed belong in court because the assault was not related to her employment. KBR had appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but, after initial briefing, withdrew its appeal on March 11.

Why? Sen. Al Franken! Franken successfully advocated a prohibition that keeps contractors receiving federal defense funds from forcing employees to arbitration to resolve certain claims, including civil rights and harassment disputes.



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/al-franken-gets-alleged-kbr-rape-victim-her-day-in-court-2010-3#ixzz2U8BEy1Df

H8TER
H8TER

@MicheleBachmann Seems like your scared of jason lewis running.  Every thing you said in that post was cute, but all opinion.  When did Al debate Jason? I'd like to see that!

keny1
keny1

@Seriphe Pete The only thing is that Al Franken was NOT a celebrity. Maybe in his own mind. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

@Seriphe Pete You seem mentally unstable and delusional, I can't help but wonder if your perception of his reaction has anything to do with that.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@H8TER I'd like to see that debate as well. From what I've seen of past interviews (planned and ambush) Al does not like to be questioned at all. Much like his failed AirAmerica stint, callers with  real questions were cut off. Hmmm.. Why is  Jason still on the air, and Al had to jump to politics in a liberal state he spends no time in?

Onan
Onan

@keny1  Let's see...

Multi-Emmy Award winning? Check.
Grammy Award? Check
Best-selling author? Check

U.S. Senator? Check

Who do you deem worthy of "celebrity" status?

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmannSo basically you lied about Franken having a debate with Jason Lewis. First you said, "Hard to pretend you have all the answers after Al Franken beats you senseless in the debates and election on tv.", then you say, "A pathetic con man like Jason Lewis will never get to debate Al Franken because he is too busy conning idiots like you to actually run for office." 

You need to have your shrink up your meds. Your posts make no sense whatsoever.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland @H8TER lol you dumb clowns will never learn.  A pathetic con man like Jason Lewis will never get to debate Al Franken because he is too busy conning idiots like you to actually run for office.     

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