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

From the floor: Al Franken’s DFL convention mea culpa.

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.

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“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.