Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley and Republican State Senator Joni Ernst squared off in their final debate for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat at Morningside College in Sioux City Thursday night.
Braley and Ernst were asked to clarify their stances on fixing social security. Social Security's trust fund is projected to run out in about two decades, potentially reducing Social Security benefits by as much as 25%.
Congressman Braley wants millionaires and billionaires to pay the same portion of earned income into social security as less wealthy Americans.
The two major party candidates for Iowa’s open U.S. senate seat debated last night at Simpson College in Indianola. The debate came a day after the first Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of the general election. It shows Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley trailing his Republican opponent State Senator Joni Ernst by 6 points. Braley had the first opening statement and after a quick introduction says there are big differences between him and Ernst.
Video has surfaced of Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley at a private Texas fundraiser with trial lawyers drawing a stark contrast between a future with him serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a future with GOP Senator Charles Grassley Chairing that committee. In the video, Braley describes Grassley as an "Iowa farmer" who "never went to law school." Slate has called it the
President Obama spoke in Galesburg, Illinois Wednesday as part of a swing through the Midwest to talk about the economy. Host Dean Borg gets an update from that appearance, and talks with Bruce Gronbeck, Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at University of Iowa about the other speeches the President has been making in recent weeks. Then, Chris Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Northern Iowa explains why the political geography of Iowa heavily favors Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley in his bid to replace U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.
Today on River to River, we continue our discussions with Iowa’s elected representatives in Washington. First, a conversation with Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa’s second district. Then, we’ll be joined by Congressman Bruce Braley of the first district.
The candidates in the race for Iowa’s first congressional district met for their first debate of the campaign Wednesday afternoon. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports the two are far apart on most issues..
Iowa’s 1st Congressional District candidates square off in a radio debate. Host Ben Kieffer, and a panel of reporters, pose questions to Democrat, Congressman Bruce Braley, and Republican challenger Ben Lange. The candidates discuss issues including jobs, the deficit and agriculture.
In next Tuesday’s primary election, two Republicans are seeking the party’s First District Congressional nomination. Independence attorney Ben Lange and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are campaigning for a chance at denying incumbent Democrat Bruce Braley a fourth term representing the newly-configured northeast Iowa district.