Al Franken denies he's ducking Obama's St. Paul speech because of president's unpopularity [UPDATE]

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:::: Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral ::::

:::: UPDATE III :::: This morning (February 26), we're told plans have changed again and Franken won't be in Minnesota today.

Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, told us "Senator Franken was planning to travel to Minnesota for the President's event. But a close friend died, the funeral is today, and he decided he needed to hop on an early flight to be there. So he won't be able to make it to Minnesota for the President's visit."

:::: UPDATE II :::: Turns out Franken might be in St. Paul for Obama's speech after all.

Late this afternoon, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, got in touch to let us know that "Senator Franken is planning to join the President in Minnesota tomorrow so long as he is certain that the Senate will not be voting on the veterans' benefits bill that he's cosponsored."

:::: UPDATE :::: Klobuchar's office got in touch with us this afternoon to shed some more light on why she can't be at Obama's speech tomorrow.

"Tomorrow the senator is chairing a hearing on cell phone competition, including cell phone theft issues, which she cannot cancel," spokesperson Brigit Helgen told us. "That is why she will not be able to be in St. Paul for the event. Otherwise she would be with the President as she was just last month in Michigan for the Farm Bill signing.
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Original post -- There's a good chance Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar won't be there when President Obama delivers a speech at St. Paul's Union Depot tomorrow.

SEE ALSO: Obama mocks Michele Bachmann's worry that Obamacare "literally kills women"

With Franken vying for reelection this year, his probable absence has fueled speculation he's staying away because he doesn't want to be tainted by Obama's unpopularity.

The latest Minnesota Poll indicates only 43 percent of Minnesotans approve of Obama's performance, compared to 50 percent who disapprove. The New York Daily News notes that those are Obama's worst-ever approval marks in the state.

Franken, meanwhile, enjoys a 55 percent approval rating, a number matching his highest-ever mark (though his disapproval rating has increased from 29 percent last June to 34 percent now).

This morning, the MNGOP, citing the polling, distributed a press release entitled, "Will Al Franken Snub our Increasingly Unpopular President Tomorrow?"

"Al Franken's record is a total rubber-stamping of President Obama's agenda," MNGOP Chairman Keith Downey said. "Between casting the deciding vote for the Obamacare debacle to supporting President Obama 100% of the time, why wouldn't Al Franken want to welcome the President to Minnesota?"

But reached for comment this morning, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, said that if Al is absent, it's about nothing more than scheduling conflicts.

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TruDat
TruDat

The hypocrite-in-chief comes to a state with some of the lowest unemployment to talk about job creation. Why doesn't he go to Detroit instead. Hope he freezes his a$$.

Bill Boudewyns
Bill Boudewyns

I'd prefer he stay in Washington and conduct Minnesota's business in the Senate. Franken doesn't need photo ops -- the race will be won on his record, which continues to impress.

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Of course they both are not going near him.   Polls don't lie in this case.   They want it both ways:  Vote for it and it's medical device tax, then campaign to remove it.    Morons these Democrats are.     We now know that the Med Device Tax has killed 30K Jobs.   Big Co's love the tax because it gives their products a shorter shelf-life by eliminating the Innovative Start-Ups.    So much for the Labor Union Thug Democrats "Caring about the little guy.."

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

Haha, but he should be. 

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Obombercare growed me a sekind head!!! Empeech today!!!

crxtasy
crxtasy

This has been happening for quite some time now. Since this President has polarized the nation like no other before him, not to mention the failure of Obamacare, many Democrat politicians are keeping a safe distance from anything with Obama's stamp on it. If Hilary wants to win in 2016, she better do the same. Americans will not tolerate another 4-8 years of this type of agenda.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You're super cool today Rupar. Keep up the good work

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

That's the pot calling the kettle black ......

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Great news for real people. More and more are realizing both sides are the same. If only the Guns and Dope Party were prevalent in MN...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

This kind of story is why people hate the media so much these days.  What a pointless and stupid story.  Obama's poll numbers might be down but he is still one of the most popular politicians in the United States.   Obama's numbers are just down because of how unhappy people are with the entire political process.   Obama would easily win reelection for a 3rd time if he could run.   Hillary will crush whatever stupid clown Republicans put up in 2016.   Great reporting Rupar.   Did you feel any guilt when you copied and pasted the email the Republicans sent over this morning?   Or has your life as a parasitic race baiting hack made you so dead inside you don't mind putting your name on any story these days no matter how stupid?  There is an actual scandal in Wisconsin.   There is major changes being debated at the state capital but you waste your time transcribing the stupid bleating of the clown show known as the GOP.   

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Chris voted for Bush TWICE! Those are the best decisions Chris will make in his pathetic life. Chris also voted for Michelle Bachmann Chris is a very smart person. Chris is MENSA material  

Onan
Onan

Your post is both informative and intriguing. Please, go on.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

@kurt124  Kurt, I know how you yearn for the god old Bush days who you voted for TWICE! I wish I was as smart as you are. Sorry, Bushie is not coming back for you, Go back into your mother's basement and read My Pet Goat.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@crxtasy  Obamacare is only failing in the Fox News bubble.  You will be the same bubblehead in 20 years holding a sign saying "Guvmint hands off my Obamacare."

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  I wouldn't think a Libertarian would be feeling so cocky today since your political philosophy has once again been laid bare and is a laughingstock around the world.  I wonder if Libertarians are smart enough to learn a $350,000,000 lesson about the need for strong government regulation of money and finance.    Are you going to learn a lesson ming or will you forever make your same tired arguments about small government.   I doubt you even know what I'm talking about since you are a Fox News robot.  It's obvious you are just one of those Republicans who is ashamed of calling himself a Republican.  

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Pointless story? Our Senators are skipping the event. You don't think that's interesting? They've both been rubber stamps for Reid and Obama why the sudden distancing?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You voted for Obama twice. You are the same brand of robo retard

crxtasy
crxtasy

Well, I don't have Obamacare because I can't afford Obamacare.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Keep going...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland How many speeches does Obama give a year?  Do the Senators from the state he is in show up at every one?   Did Franken show up at Obama's last speech?   Did Klobuchar?    Did either Senator say they were worried about Obama's popularity?   How unpopular is Obama compared to other politicians?     What does the polling say about Franken's chances in the fall?   



These are all vital and important questions that would give a thing called context to this story.   Try to be non partisan sometime and actually think about good reporting.    Is Rupar actually reporting this story or just retyping an email he got earlier today?   The only fact in the whole story is Franken is sitting at 55% approval and he is running against who?  Can you name anyone he should be afraid of?   Why would Klobuchar duck him?   She just won 65-30.    Do you think appearing at one speech would hurt her reelection chances in 2018?    Cin, you claim to not be a fucking idiot.   How about taking off your Republican hat and think about this.   This is the stupidest, hackiest, shittiest reporting around.  Rupar is maybe the laziest reporter putting crap like this out.  He didn't ask himself a single question the reader might need for context.   If you think this is a story well whatever I guess.  You go around telling people Obama sucks because Franken didn't stand on a stage with him.  According to my polling 95% of people are going to think you are a fucking idiot for saying that.  

Onan
Onan

@crxtasy @MicheleBachmann   - 

Funny, I just checked the MNSure website, plugged in information for a 29 year old non-smoker @ $30k and found a bunch of less expensive options might be better for you:

Medica has several Gold level plans with a $233 monthly premium and $100 deductible.

Preferred One has a Platinum level plan with a $186 monthly premium and $100 deductible.

HealthPartners has a Gold level plan with a $172 monthly premium and $1000 deductible.

Those were only a tiny fraction of the plans I found for well under $300 a month with a deductible under $4k.

Just tossing that out there.

And if YOU get the AIDS, you should be covered for treatment.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@crxtasy Look liar lots of people lie about Obamacare.  As Joe points out you obviously are really stupid or pretending to be really stupid because you are saying things that make zero sense.  On other stories on City Pages you say you aren't even from Minnesota so I'm going to keep saying you are full of shit.  Obamacare didn't make your healthcare more expensive.  Having health insurance is always a better financial decision than not having health insurance.  You can keep telling your lies but sensible people can tell you are lying.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@crxtasy

I understand that you might not be able to pay your deductible.  Lot's of people can't afford healthcare.  The difference is that when you get hit by a bus and can't afford your $24,000 bill, $20,000 of it will be paid by your insurer instead of taxpayers.  Yes, they'll try to get your $4K, but as you've stated, you don't have it so they'll never get it.

The POINT is that the unpaid hospital is now only writing off $4K instead of $24K. 

Or do you think I owe you something for getting hit by a bus?

crxtasy
crxtasy

@MicheleBachmann


You are calling me a fraud? Listen up you fucktard. Go on MNsure and see what a single person who makes $30k a year has to pay for Obamacare. Go see what the cheapest option is. And then go and take a look a the deductible is. You pay nothing because you are a typical parasite of society. See, I work for a living, unlike you. I can't afford health insurance because I am a productive member of society. Yet you get it for free because all you so is throw your legs up in the air and let anything with a hard-on fuck you. I hope you die of AIDS. And I hope you SUFFER.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Do you have a helper?

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Pug boy: all you have is disinformation and poorly thought out decisions. Why is your puggy in your profile pic if it's not your picture?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@ChazDanger @crxtasy  Don't even bother with this fraud.  Every time some doofus says Obamacare is screwing them over it turns out they are better off than before. I bought healthcare.  There is no way that was the cheapest option. This guy is full of shit.  Please note on a different story this asshole says he isn't from Minnesota or Wisconsin.  Who knows why he is here lying and trolling.  It's weird how much these idiots lie about Obamacare.  Like the rest of us don't buy healthcare.   

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@crxtasy @ChazDangerDon't get snarky.  You never mentioned how much your household income was.  So X * 1% isn't a math problem. 

crxtasy
crxtasy

@ChazDanger


Perhaps you should investigate my comment above. 


1% of 30k a year is $300. The cheapest plan I could get through MNsure was $300 a month plus a $4000 deductible. Do you want me to do the math for you too?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@crxtasy @ChazDangerYou should actually investigate like I said.  


Penalty for not having health care: 1% of your yearly household income. The maximum penalty is the national average yearly premium for a bronze plan.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@mingtran You are scum and have nothing more to say than insults.  BTW that is not my picture.But you should probably hide your wives and hide your kids from your stupid comments.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Pug boy: you should worry less about making cute doll clothes for your lil pug and more about things that matter. You look as dumb as MB

crxtasy
crxtasy

@kurt124


First off, I am not a democrat. I do not affiliate with any political party because they are all the same.


Second, what do you expect me to do? Like I said above, I cannot afford the deductible for coverage. i cannot take out a loan for $4000 each year to have health insurance. I have a mortgage, a car payment and student loans I am trying to pay off. Should I just not pay my mortgage and get health insurance instead?  Like I said, I CANNOT afford Obamacare, so that is my only choice. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@crxtasy @ChazDangerThen you are a Free Loading Democrat.    As Moochelle says, "Youngsters are knuckleheads."   Get a Job and get out of your parents Basement.   crxtasy, you are whats wrong with this country.    C'mon, "pay your fair share"   You like it so much, buy it.   

crxtasy
crxtasy

@ChazDanger  

The good thing is that I'm relatively young and in good health so I won't need it. If I have some sort of medical emergency, they can't refuse me service and the state can just foot the bill. But just remember, that comes out of your taxes. So if I do have a medical emergency, I would like to thank you in advance.

crxtasy
crxtasy

@ChazDanger


No, actually I cannot afford Obamacare. I can afford the monthy payment but not the deductible. What's the point of paying $300 a month for something that I can't use because I can't afford the deductible? And no, the amount that I will be fined by the government for not enrolling is no where near what I would be paying if I had enrolled (I'll be fined $300, which will come out of my tax refund, and that's if the IRS will actually enforces the penalty vs. the $7600 I would have paid if I had enrolled, not including co-pays.)


So before you make inane statements about my situation, you should really ask for some facts first.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@crxtasy Actually you can afford Obamacare, considering you'll be taxed the same amount for not having healthcare.  

Seems like you haven't put in enough effort because you are against something you don't understand or refused to comprehend.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You make yourself look like a little kid in every post, I just help coax it and bring it out more. Can't wait for your next response

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Bitcoin is a con that will never work.  Mt. Gox has proved that yet again.  You didn't even know what Mt. Gox is until I told you.  Don't pretend you are smart.  If you were smart you'd have better arguments in your paragraph than your nonsense ranting about the Timberwolves. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Economics and politics are way over your head. If you were progressive like you say you are, you'd be all for bitcoin because the value of the US dollar isn't real and can't be sustained. "Hey, let's keep raising the debt ceiling, it'll be fun."

I'd tell you to go blog about something easier for your little brain to wrap around, like basketball, but then you'd go on about how Glen Taylor should just build his team around the franchise player that is JJ Barrea, lol.

You shouldn't leave the house without a helmet, let alone write about stuff you have ZERO idea about.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  That's a stupid comparison.  Are you really this dense?   Thanks to a strong government and regulation the victims of Target's data breach will be able to use our court system to make themselves whole.  The victims of Mt. Gox will lose all their money because the world needs regulation and government.  Makes libertarians like you look awfully dumb.  People who argue for small government are stupid and don't understand how the world works.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Fair enough. If I'm responsible for Mt Gox, you're responsible for the Target data breach.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran   You just aren't very smart ming and you know it.  It's embarrassing you don't know what Mt. Gox is and don't bother to look it up.   You are just a boring stupid person ming.   You can't debate, only insults and bigotry from you.  Pathetic. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You must have a helper

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Poorly informed.  Don't know the issues.  Read a news site so you know what you are talking about.   Seriously such a fail today ming.  You are just a stupid poorly informed loser.  Not even fun to make fun of you.  Don't you feel pathetic about not knowing about Mt. Gox?   What a stupid sad little man you are.  That was a big story yet you are unable to discuss it.   I try to treat you like an adult but you are unable to discuss issues or cite facts.  You are just boring and stupid.  Go away.  No one wants to hear from you ming.  Politics are serious business.  You don't even bother to read the news.  Such an arrogant little clown to give your opinion.   It's annoying and dull.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Keep going... you're on a roll

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  It was a quiz to see if you read the actual news.  Obviously you just read right wing stupid sites.  If you paid attention to the news and were a real libertarian you would know why I'm laughing at you and mentioning $350,000,000.   That's a pretty big hint.  I thought you were a libertarian ming.  

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