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File Photo: Al Franken thinks hard Tuesday while answering a quiz question at the University of Minnesota booth at FarmFest. He later debated U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, whom he hopes to replace. (Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau)

Franken comes out firing in debate

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REDWOOD FALLS -- Al Franken took the offensive in his first face-to-face meeting with incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.

At every turn during a FarmFest forum Tuesday, the Democrat challenger accused Republican Coleman of siding with President Bush.


"This guy hasn't been working for you," Franken said of Coleman, "he has been working for President Bush and special interests."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.