Sen.-elect Al Franken (D-MN) held a press conference outside his Minneapolis home, celebrating his win in the long drama that has been the Minnesota Senate race.
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"Franni [his wife] and I are so thrilled that we can finally celebrate this victory, and I'm so excited to finally be able to get to work for the people of Minnesota," he said. "I received a very gracious call from Sen. Coleman a little while ago. He wished me well, I wished him well, and we agreed that it is time to finally bring this state together."
It should be noted that during all the litigation and back-and-forth attacks, the Franken campaign and legal team would refer to Norm Coleman as "former Sen. Coleman." But now that the race is over and it's a time for civility and unity, the inherent insult of the "former" has now been put aside.
Franken said that the country faces many challenges in the economy and world affairs. "So even though Franni and I are thrilled and honored by the faith that Minnesotans have placed in me, I'm also humbled," he said, "not just by the closeness of this election, but also by the enormity of the responsibilities that come with this office."
He also said that much has been talked about, that he'll be the 60th Democratic Senator. "The way I see it, I'm not going to Washington to be the 60th democratic senator. I'm going to Washington to be the second Senator from Minnesota, and that's how I'm going to do this job," he said, to the applause of his supporters.