Democrat Franken challenges Sen. Grassley to four debates

Admiral Mike Franken (Ret.), left, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, right.
Admiral Mike Franken (Ret.), left, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, right.(Courtesy Photos)
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 12:47 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - The Democrat challenging Senator Chuck Grassley for his Senate seat is now challenging him to a series of debates.

Michael Franken said he wants to hold four debates with Grassley before the general election in November, with one debate being held in each congressional district.

“We are living in serious times warranting serious discussions about the future of our state and our democracy,” Franken said in news release. “Iowans deserve to know who will provide the leadership to confront the challenges before us and solve these issues for the betterment of all.”

Senator Grassley’s campaign informally accepted the challenge of debates but not the specific number or locations.

“Sen. Grassley will debate his opponent as he has in all prior campaigns, said Grassly communications director Michaela Sundermann. “Mike Franken should have to answer why he believes President Biden is doing a ‘fabulous job’ while Iowans are struggling to afford groceries, rent and gas.”

In 2016, Grassley and Democratic Challenger Patty Judge held two debates. Senator Joni Ernst and Democrat Theresa Greenfield also held two debates in 2020.

Editor’s note: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated Grassley and Judge debated only once in 2016.

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