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Did you see: The Rochester Post-Bulletin endorses Al

Ryan Furlong, Press Secretary

Add Rochester’s Post-Bulletin to the list of Minnesota newspapers lining up behind Al:

When Franken sat down to talk with the Post-Bulletin Editorial Board earlier this month, it was clear he knew his opponent was pointing out 159 of his 161 Senate votes sided with President Obama’s administration. As a result, Franken tended to point to bipartisan efforts as he listed his Senate accomplishments, which include working with Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., for passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the creation of health-care tax legislation with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

That’s why the Post-Bulletin Editorial Board is endorsing Sen. Al Franken for a second term. We feel he has been a leading force the state needs on many issues, and we hope he can build on his first-term achievements.

We also found he was gracious in his acknowledgment of our decision to endorse Coleman six years ago. “I think people didn’t know what to think of me,” he told us. “I cut a lot of slack to everybody because I had been a comedian. I understood what I was doing; I knew what that arc was.”

But he also noted something we can definitely agree with after his first six years in office: “I get things done. I believe I’m very, very, very much in the Minnesota tradition of working for a middle class that is strong.”

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