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Democratic candidates for US Senate answer questions during virtual forum

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The four democratic candidates running for US Senate in Iowa answered questions from moderators during a virtual forum that aired Wednesday evening.

Michael Franken, Kimberly Graham, Theresa Greenfield, and Eddie Mauro participated in a Zoom forum that was prerecorded over the weekend. The forum was chosen as an alternative to an in-person debate because of COVID-19 concerns. Each candidate hopes to be the one to earn the nod during Iowa's June 2 primary. The winner goes on to challenge Republican US Senator Joni Ernst in the fall.

In addition to KWWL, the forum was broadcast on KTIV in Sioux City, KETV in Council Bluffs/Omaha, KTTC in Mason City/Rochester WGEM in Keokuk/Quincy and KCCI in Des Moines. Co-moderators were KCCI’s Stacey Horst, KTIV’s Matt Breen and KWWL’s Ron Steele.

Candidates were asked questions about food safety, the handling of the coronovirus pandemic and campaign financing. They were also asked, if elected, how they would reach across the aisle to republicans in Washington DC.

Due to timing constraints within the broadcast window, that last particular question and answer segment had to be cut from the forum. It can be viewed within this web story.

The debate can be viewed above. A similar virtual political forum will air May 27 on KWWL channel 7.2 from 8-9 pm. It will feature the republican candidates for Iowa's 4th Congressional District who are challenging US Rep. Steve King in the primary.

Allison Gibson

News Director

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