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.