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Campaign volunteers and others surrounded Al Franken Wednesday, like this woman who wanted his autograph on a piece of campaign literature. He is to be sworn in as a U.S. senator next week. Photo by Don Davis, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Franken 'won't waste that chance'

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"Live, from Washington, it's Sen. Al Franken!"

That may not be Minnesota senator-elect's line, but on Wednesday hundreds of supporters got a glimpse of a looser Al Franken than has surfaced in quite some time, more akin to how he appeared in front of the entertainment camera than the campaign camera.


He thanked Minnesotans for putting him in the U.S. Senate, promising, "I'm not going to waste that chance."

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