Audio: Ortman takes on Franken

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Aug 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) State Senator Julianne Ortman is in the early stages of her 2014 U.S. Senate run against incumbent Al Franken.

The Chanhassen Republican launched her campain in early August. She tellls KNSI's Dan Ochsner that with Franken sitting with "three million dollars in the bank," it will take a strong and organized fundraising platform for her to compete. She says "nobody can do this alone," and that she's "not too proud" to ask donors for help. 

She says voters she talks to are cynical about whether Congress can, "fix what's ailing Washington." Ortman says she's convinced, " we can't wait six more years to get to the heart of that problem." She says the best fix is a "roadmap of the Constitution. "She says Legislatures should be much stronger to overcome the executive branch powers and what she says are, "abuses of powers."

The 50 year-old Ortman is a four term legislator. She was first elected in 2002. 

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