Al Franken calls for "Apollo Project"

ABC's Jake Whitman Reports:  Comedian and U-S Senate candidate Al Franken says the U.S. needs an "Apollo Project" to create more renewable energy.   Franken appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last night.

"We need to do an Apollo project in renewable energy," he said in reference to the NASA program that sent men to the moon. "We need to have biofuels, we need wind."

The former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination to challenge Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., in 2008.

Franken told Letterman the country should be abiding by the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty that requires 35 industrial nations to cut greenhouse gases.  "One of the dumbest things that this president has said -- and that is a high bar -- is that if we abided by the Kyoto agreement, it would be ruinous to our economy. The opposite is true."

Franken also said he supports the setting of a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2008. Coleman opposes a firm timetable for withdrawal, though he has criticized the Bush administration's strategy on the war.

The Minnesota state Republican Party got in a few digs of their own, releasing a "Top Ten Al Franken Over-The-Top, Negative Personal Attacks" list.

Number Five: "Attacked President Ronald Reagan as `crack dealer' of debt." (The party said the comment is in an op-ed article Franken wrote for the New York Times in 1988.)

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