MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken doesn't appear to be fazed by the news that a well-known state senator will make a bid to unseat him.
Over the weekend, Republican Sen. Julianne Ortman, of Chanhassen, became the third candidate to enter the GOP primary field.
On Monday, Franken said it's way too early for him to focus on the 2014 election. He said his mind is still on trying to break through the gridlock that has characterized the current session of Congress.
"My job is to do my job," he said, "and it's to help Minnesotans and that's what I'm going to continue to do. The election is a long, long way away."
Franken said he would love to have President Barack Obama campaign for him next year in Minnesota. He said he'd welcome that kind of help because he believes Obama is doing a "great job."
Also running on the GOP side are Mike McFadden, a businessman from suburban St. Paul, and Jim Abeler, a state representative from Anoka.
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