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Iowa PBS to hold Democratic Senate debate

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DES MOINES – Tuesday, May 5, Iowa PBS announced that they will host a U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate on Monday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Iowa PBS will hold an Iowa Press debate for the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary on Monday, May 18 at Iowa PBS studios in Johnston. The hour-long debate will begin at 8 p.m. The program will air live on statewide Iowa PBS and be streamed on iowapbs.orgYouTube and Facebook.

Candidates Michael T. Franken (D – Sioux City), Kimberly Graham (D – Indianola), Theresa Greenfield (D – Des Moines) and Eddie Mauro (D – Des Moines) will answer questions and discuss their platforms, concerns and future plans for Iowa and the nation. David Yepsen, host of Iowa Press, will moderate the debate. Kay Henderson, news director for Radio Iowa, will join Yepsen.

Iowa Press Debates: U.S. Senate Democratic Primary precedes the June 2, 2020 primary election in Iowa. Due to current social distancing guidelines, there will be no studio audience during the debate.

“Mike is thrilled at the opportunity to debate,” said communications director Aaron Slutkin. “Due to social distancing, it is especially important that Iowans get a chance to pick a candidate for themselves. I’m confident that when viewers get a chance to take in Mike’s experience and leadership, they’ll know who the clear choice is.”

Franken said: “I eagerly anticipate that this debate will showcase the ultimate winner of the November election. What Iowans ought to be viewing is the necessary leadership to propel this state forward during what will be a particularly difficult time, both post-pandemic and in the post-Trump era.”

This is the first announced debate in preparation for the June 2 primary.  The winner of the primary will face Republican incumbent Joni Ernst, serving her first term.

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