Franken on Relationship With Senator Cruz: I Like Him More Than Colleagues Do, ‘And I Hate Ted Cruz’


In a USA Today interview with reporter Susan Page, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) dished on a number of topics and people, such as former President Barack Obama, the current White House occupant and his relationships with his fellow Senate colleagues. And, in a particular case, the former Saturday Night Live funnyman joked how apparently nobody likes one specific senator.

“You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz,” Franken told Page. “And I hate Ted Cruz.” The Minnesota lawmaker added that Cruz is “just a special guy.”

It was noted in the interview that Franken has devoted one full chapter to Cruz in his new book, titled Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken. He let Page know that he wasn’t concerned with breaking Senate protocol by publicly discussing private conversations he’s had with Cruz because the Texas Republican had already done so himself.

“He is the exception to the rule in the book, which is there’s protocol in the Senate of not writing about a conversation you’ve had with someone and reporting it where it would make them look bad,” he explained. “But because Ted broke that protocol and called [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor, I felt like, ‘Well, OK!’”

He also commented on how he got along with other current and former senators, such as Elizabeth Warren, Jim DeMint, Tom Coburn, and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Acknowledging he was “tough” on Sessions during the Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Franken did say that Sessions is “an easy laugh.”

Watch the clip above, via USA Today.

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