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Sen. Klobuchar jokes, speaks, urges on delegates

DULUTH — Sen. Amy Klobuchar addressed the convention at 4 p.m. after being introduced as the funniest senator from Minnesota — which is saying something considering the other senator was a professional comedian.

And she came through, saying she’s glad that Al Franken is now in the Senate because she likes to be known as the state’s senior senator, even though she was once introduced in Washington as Minnesota’s senior CITIZEN.

She said that she was always perplexed that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid put her on the Oceans subcommittee of the Commerce Committee when she first went to Washington.

“Then one day I realized why he’d done it: because I can see Lake Superior from my front porch,” she said.”And speaking of Sarah Palin …”

She noted that Palin was introduced to the nation at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul two years ago, and that RNC stands for “Really Nice Clothes.”

It wasn’t all one-liners: She evoked the spirit of Abraham Lincoln and civil rights leaders and America’s efforts in the 1960s to put a man on the moon.

America was not built by saying no, she said.  

Her 21-minute speech concluded with a call to elect a DFL governor.

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