U.S. Sen. Al Franken Sunday told a meeting of the AFL-CIO they need to support Democrats fighting for election in other states.
Franken also defended a federal stimulus fund that political pundits have criticized as ineffective. He said the idea the money hasn't created jobs is "insulting."
"Those are jobs, those are skilled jobs, that are putting food on the tables of families, so these people can send their kids to college and pay their taxes," Franken said. "These are real jobs; this isn't sitting on the panel of a Sunday talk show and blathering nonsense. That's not a real job."
Franken appeared at the 50th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO in Bloomington.
Some pundits have forecast Democrats will lose several seats in Congress in the approaching November elections. Franken said union members must fight to keep that from happening.