Franken Speech Wins Applause In Senate Dem Lunch

Al Franken was spotted checking out the Senate hallways this afternoon, then ducked into the weekly Democratic Senate luncheon, where he gave a brief speech that won several rounds of applause.

The usually verbose Franken _ a comedian who's trying to knock off Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in Minnesota _ was tight lipped about what he told the gathering of Senate Democrats.

"I said we're doing very well and we're going to win," Franken told Politico as he quickly bolted down the marbed Senate steps and out of the Capitol.

He also weighed in on the Wall Street bailout, saying "this is going to take a little bit of time, but we need to assure people it will get done."

No word on whether he had any good one-liners for his Democratic colleagues. Franken, who made his fame as a satirist and Saturday Night Live actor, is seriously trying to be taken seriously in the final five weeks of the campaign.