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C-SPAN visits Dubuque for election tour

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – C-SPAN is hitting the road for its “Battleground States Tour.”

The network made a pit stop at the Mississippi River Museum to chat with Iowans about the 2020 elections. While we are a little more than a year away from election day, the political frenzy has already been buzzing for months.

Dubuque was one of the first stops on the C-SPAN bus’s seven-week tour. Jenae Green, spokeswoman for C-SPAN, said that while on the outside, it may just seem like a big,blue bus, there is so much more to see inside.

“When you walk on this bus, whether if you know exactly what’s going on in government or whether you’ve never even heard of the candidates, our goal is for you to just get more informed,” said Green.”

Guests are given a first look to see where the network hosts its interviews with political candidates. They were also given access to their ‘Campaign 2020’ app.

The app allows users to learn more about to current candidates running for office and to explore some of our election’s pasts.

“They realize that they can come on the bus and they find videos that some may be in line with their ideologies and some may not,” said Green. “But they know that it’s information being thrown their way and they can decide what works for them rather than having someone decide for them.”

Most importantly, Phyllis Peters, Communication Director for MediaCom, said that the network wants Iowan voters to be informed ahead of election day.

“No view point, no ideology, nothing that someone is pushing. It’s up to all of us as citizen to be interested in what goes on in our democratic process and to stay tuned in.”

The bus will make stops in Decorah and Charles City.

Only ten of the 20 Democratic candidates running for president qualified for the next debate. The will air, one-night only, on September 12th.

The Democratic caucuses begin Monday, February 3rd.

Ashley Scott

Reporter, Dubuque

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