Smith, a member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune she will also look for opportunities to work with Republican colleagues.
“There are fundamental differences in values and approaches between me and the president and some of my new Republican colleagues,” she said. “But I am looking forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle on places where we could accomplish something.”
Smith said she has also spoken with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Minority Whip Dick Durbin, and Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington State, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
“There are a thousand details when you first join the Senate, and there are many, many rules that are difficult to master,” she said, adding that the other senators have “given me the good advice that I should not worry about that too much right away.”
Franken made his first speech last week since announcing his resignation and posted it on Facebook.
But despite Franken’s announcement amid multiple reports of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching of women, a poll by Public Policy Polling found many Minnesotans did not want Franken to resign.
The poll found that only 50 percent of voters polled wanted Franken to follow through with his plan while 42 did not want him to resign.
Moreover, 57 percent of women in the state approve of his job performance, compared with 37 percent who disapprove of it.