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DFL Convention: Franken: ‘I’ve had some tough conversations this week’

Live from the DFL convention floor …

Here are advance excerpts from Al Franken’s nominating speech that deal with this week’s “porn” controversy:

“I’ve had some tough conversations this week.

“It kills me that things I said and wrote sent a message to some of my friends in this room and people in this state that they can’t count on me to be a champion for women, a champion for ALL Minnesotans, in this campaign and in the Senate.

“I’m sorry for that” — big applause here from supporters — “because that’s not who I am.

“I’m a husband — married to my favorite person on earth, Franni, for 32 years. I’m a father of a son and daughter who we taught to respect everyone and who we’re incredibly proud of.

“And for 35 years, I was a writer. I wrote a lot of jokes. Some of them weren’t funny. Some o  them were inappropriate. Some were downright offensive.

“I understand that.

“And I understand that the people of Minnesota deserve a Senator who won’t say things that make them uncomfortable. But I’m in this race because there are some people in Washington who could afford to feel a little less comfortable.”

Franken went on to attack Coleman on a host of issues. Franni Franken introduced her husband on the podium.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 06/07/2008 - 03:40 pm.

    Your quotes sound pretty much exactly like what I heard, and what I heard was an apology for having offended some people, not an apology for what he said.

    Al Franken didn’t apology for his crass article or the unproduced rape joke skit he pushed at SNL. In a bit of parsing worthy of Karl Rove or Bill Clinton, Al said he was sorry that some people were offended by his words.

    The man writes for a living. I think it’s safe to say that this apology didn’t apologize for his words because he didn’t want to make that apology. And that’s OK with me because I have no trouble with him having authored adult content. I just have trouble with the media saying he’s apologized for something he didn’t apologize for.

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