VIDEO: Franken Advises Letterman To Run For U.S. Senate To Make Indiana’s Governor “Uncomfortable”

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Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken told David Letterman he knows a sure-fire way to get elected to the U.S. Senate.

“Look, when people come to me, young people, they say how do I become a United States senator and I say, well, do 35 or 40 years of comedy and run for the Senate. You know, it’s worked every time.”

Franken suggested that Letterman, who is retiring from his TV show this year, consider running for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Indiana. Republican Sen. Dan Coats is retiring leaving an open seat.

The whole topic came up because Letterman, like many people, is upset about a newly passed Indiana law which could allow people or businesses to refuse to serve individuals because they’re gay.

Letterman asked Franken what he could do to make Indiana Governor Mike Pence, “uncomfortable” and Franken urged Letterman to run for Senate.

Franken said the problem is in many states you can discriminate against people because they are lesbian, gay bisexual or transexual (LGBT) “and we need to end that with a national law saying you can’t do that.”

“In 1964 we sort of settled the idea that you had to serve people, even if you were biased.”

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